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+ Ayler Records: www.ayler.com and Silkheart Records: www.silkheart.se are two labels based in Sweden. If Ayler is more focusing on avantgarde jazz and also to some extent rescued historic recordings, Silkheart " is dedicated to recording improvised music with the final touch that lifts it to the sublime heights of creativity", as they present themselves.
+ Les Allumés du Jazz. The collaboration with this association will open you the doors of many great French independant jazz labels. To name a few: Label Bleu, Deux Z, Nato, Hopi, Evidence, In Situ ....
+ Igloo Records are based in Belgium and for 25 years have been providing a platform for independant European jazz.
ALL ABOUT THE NEW ITALIAN PROGRESSIVE RELEASES!
Agorà: Ichinen. ARS IMM / 1022 CD. Street date: 17/01/14. Ichinen is the synthesis of the band's previous works. The tracklist is made up of historical songs, unreleased tracks of the second period of activity of the group and some rarities: never before released recordings of 1978 with Massimo Manzi on drums and Roberto Bacchiocchi on Fender Rhodes electric piano. The Mediterranean atmosphere typical of the group is combined with ethnic and meditative tones that expand the sound structure of the entire album, inspired by the reading of the Nichiren Buddhist principles
Ainur: The Lost Tales. Electromantic (ART 1351). July 2013. The concept of this work is rooted in the re-reading of the earliest writings of JRR Tolkien (that recount the journey of Eriol, a character of the human race) that lands on the elven island of Tol Eressea and is hosted by the Elves for a long time. Here he listens to the great stories of the Ancients, and once returned, he spreads them in his world. The album displays with its "acoustic / orchestral" sound some of the happiest moments heard in Ainur's discography.
Aktuala! After the gorgeous LP reissue of two of their albums, all three are now reissued on CD on the label GDR.
+ GDRCD1102 Aktuala. The debut album from 1973! This reissue is enriched by a booklet with rare and unreleased images, plus the bonustrack "Flauti", taken from the solo works of Walter Maioli, the true spiritual guide of Aktuala and still today a tireless investigator of extra-european music and culture.
+ GDRCD1103 La Terra. The 2nd album, released in 1974, also introduced a very young percussionist from India, who would later become famous and world reknown: Trilok Gurtu. This reissue is enriched by a booklet with rare and unreleased images, plus the bonustrack "Dagli Etruschi a Picasso"
+ GDRCD1104 Tappeto Volante. The last album from 1976. This reissue is enriched by a booklet with rare and unreleased images, plus the bonustrack "Il Sussurro dell'Anima".
Aktuala were real music pioneers able to blend world, ethnic, jazz and avantgarde music. Those reissues are more than welcome!
Altare Thotemico: Sogno Errando. Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC034). Release date: 03/04/13. Second album for the prog ensemble from Bologna, after 4 years of concerts, exhibitions, festivals. The line up has changed and so has the musical direction too, this time strongly confirming a move towards jazz; the relationship to Area, which many reviewers had mentioned on the first album (and which I personnally couldn't hear or agree with) is now clearer, even in the way Gianni Venturi dramatizes his singing or recitations. And what a powerful voice! There is a jazz heartbeat, much noticeable by keyboardist Leonardo Caligiuri and saxophone player Emiliano Vernizzi, the tunes are long, giving plenty of space and time for improvisations; and the rhythm section rules, drummer Max Govoni's pedigree including the likes of Al di Meola, Michael Brecker. Compared to the first album, no doubt we're talking of a giant step forward!
Antonius Rex: Hystero Demonopathy. Black Widow (BWRCD 153-2). Jan. 2013. The new album is a multisound-multistyles of concentrate fusion: gothic, classic, post-classic, dark, doom, metal, impressionist, progressive, post-progressive, after-rock.... with micro electronic inventions and perseverant events.
Archangel: Tales of Love and Blood (ESKCD1303). December 2013. Behind the Archangel moniker hides the keyboard player Gabriele Manzini, composer and main writer for Ubi Maior (1998 up to present) and former keyboard player for The Watch from 2000 till 2005. The new album represents an important step forward in terms of production and composition. This time Archangel shifts its musical style from the hard-progressive-folk of the first album to a new kind of gothic prog-rock with reference to gothic-metal and to the new wave of the 80’s.
Area: Live 2012. Up Art Records (UPA0003 CD). 2012. The group, fresh from the success of the Reunion Tour 2011/2012, now releases a new album. It is a double CD containing selected recordings from the last concerts as well as recordings of new songs. It also features on some tracks jazz singer Maria Pia De Vito, who has already worked live several time with Area as a very special guest
Arm On Stage: Aldrin (EXT1301 CD). 26/11/13. Here is an ethereal and modern progrock album, progressive in its atmospheres and tight in its sounds, with catchy and melancholic feels, where electronic inserts, wind instruments (sax, clarinet, French horn) and strings (cello and violin) find their perfect place. All songs are sung in English and if the previous album was mostly based on improvisation, this one consists of prominent harmonic turns, melodies and riffs developed into songs.
Arti & Mestieri: The Live. CD+DVD. Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC033). Street date: 07/05/13. This CD+DVD was taken from two different concerts: the CD from the Festival at ClubCittà in Kawasaki, Japan, on November 5, 2011 and the DVD from the Festival of Veruno, Italy, on September 2, 2011, with special guests: guitarist Gigi Venegoni, original member of the formation, in the CD, and Mel Collins + David Cross, both ex-King Crimson, in the DVD. This production tells perfectly the two musical paths woven into the history of the group, developing with various improvisations and just the mood of the individual members. Two previously unreleased extra tracks: Veruno (the two Crimson) and an Italian version of Exiles, make the performance unique.
Aurore Lunare: S/T. Lizard (LDV 006 CD). Jan. 2014. Here is a band from Livorno (Tuscany) with a short past between 1978 and 1980. They also opened up for PFM, but the days of the prog dream were fading. Now comes a new album with new recordings of their old songs and several special guests: Tolo Marton (one of the best italian guitar players, with Le Orme in "Smogmagica"), Alessandro Corvaglia (vocalist of La Maschera di Cera), Gianluca Milanese (excellent flute player in many projects, also with Richard Sinclair, Aria Palea and more).
Camelia's Garden: You Have A Change. Fading Records (FAD 008). Release date: 20/03/13. Camelias' Garden are a very young band from Rome born around singer and poly-instrumentalist Valerio Smordoni. Their music features lyrical atmospheres and particularly elegant vocal arrangements. The sound, between acoustic and vintage, reminds of the great progressive rock from the past (Genesis, Yes), folk-prog and Italian bands like Acqua Fragile or Celeste. Unlike many other bands who cast themselves in the retro-vein, their tone sounds absolutely sincere and the sound much convincing. Not to be overseen!
Chaos: Tecnica Mista. Lizard (CD 0103). A visionary psych-jazz-ethno-ambient trip of 45 minutes, recorded during a performance on October 29th, 2011!!! To be placed somewhere between Third Ear Band and Aktuala. Electric guitar, e-bow, EFX, percussions, laptop, electronics, loops, live mixing, bandoneon, Navajo flute, sopran sax, electric bass, keyboards, i-Phone, are some of the many elements waiting for your listening!
Empirical Time: Songs, Poems and a Lady. Prosdocimi Records. 2013. Ambitious debut album by an Italian group, distributed worldwide by Ma.Ra.Cash. Records. With lyrics based on poems by the English poet William Wordsworth, the music lies on the roots of progressive rock, with clear Floydian echoes and reminiscences of Genesis and ELP.
Empty Days: S/T. AltrOck (ALT036). Seven songs hanging on delicate acoustic textures and seven other more abstract instrumental ones. That's the challenge taken by Francesco Zago in collaboration with various Yugen’s members, focusing on song form and lyrics, building around Elaine Di Falco’s unique voice a sonic thread made of electric guitar, piano, vibes, percussion and thin layers of electronics. Two famous pieces by John Dowland complete the cd, reminding us of the distant but crucial legacy of English songs from the 18th century. A truely charming album, full of timbral delicacy and nuances in dynamics!
Entity: Il Falso Centro. Lizard (LDV007). Here is a band from Sardinia, formed in 1994. 7 long tracks ("Il Desiderio" being the longest one clocking over 16 minutes) for over an hour of dynamic and adventurous (also bombastic) symphonic prog-rock, in a typical ELP vein. A great sarabande of vintage keyboards including Hammond, Moog.
Dino Fiore: Fleur Folia. Electromantic. Feb. 2013. This is a solo album led by the bassist of Castello di Atlante, in close collaboration with Beppe Crovella from legendary band Arti & Mestieri. The idea behind it is to outline the eclectic individuality of the bass player; so don't expect the lush sympho-prog of Il Castello, as we are here delving into jazz-rock territories and experimentation. It has been highly praised by Soft Machine Legacy who were in the neighbouring studio during the recording!
Flora: 6. Lizard Records (LIZARDCD0088). Jan. 2013. Flora confirm further with this record their so personal sound, almost daunting, that magical mix of post-rock and art-pop-jazz-rock in the Canterbury vein or close to Tortoise. A poetic dimension of disenchanted beauty, bouncing gently in soft jazz atmospheres.
Gleemen: Oltre... Lontano, Lontano. Black Widow (BWR 164-2). Dec. 2013. More than 40 years after the onset, the Gleemen are back with a new album absolutely amazing in freshness and vitality. Maurizio Cassinelli and Angelo Traverso, two of the founder members, are helped here by prominent guests such as Bambi Fossati on 2 tracks or Marco Zoccheddu (Osage Tribe, Duello Madre), along with some other talented young musicians.
Hostsonaten: Alive in Theatre: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Chapter One. CD+DVD. AMS (AMS 208 CD). Thanks to Susanna Tagliapietra, who helped bringing alive the musical world of Zuffanti by creating a multimedia work and reproducing on stage the supernatural universe of Coleridge with multimedia elements, dance and stage actions, the first of the shows was held on December 16, 2012 at the prestigious Teatro Verdi in Genoa, getting a great success. From that evening comes this double album, containing a DVD with the shooting of the show (and a funny backstage) and a CD with the audio recording of the evening. Compared to the studio version, published on CD last year, the theatrical version contains many new arrangements and a brand new piece (“Interlude”).
Il Cerchio D’oro: Dedalo e Icaro. Black Widow (BWRCD 150-2). Release date: 24/05/13. This new conceptual album by a band who in the 70's only released three singles, failing to achieve success in the prog field, now returns to the glorious past and language strongly influenced by Orme, Trip, PFM, New Trolls but this time they also invite players of those times, like Pino Sinnone (The Trip), Ettore Vigo and Martin Grice (Delirium) and most noticeably the original bass player from PFM, Giorgio "Fico" Piazza!
Il Giardino Onirico: Complesso K MMXIII. Lizard (LZ0098). Street date: 05/09/13. a concept album by a young band, with four long tracks marked by emotional, visionary atmospheres in a modern-prog way, with double keyboards and a touch of heavy-prog. A modern symphonic trip in the world of fantasy, space, poetry and imagination
Il Rovescio Della Medaglia: Live in Tokyo (ARS/IMM1024). 2014. Live in Tokyo is the album of the comeback of the Roman prog band who are now ready to revive for their fans the typical sound that made them famous. Contamination - their most well-known success, with arrangements by Maestro Luis Enriquez Bacalov - is played here with few variations that make this new performance more modern and current, finally recorded live with orchestra.
Il Tempio Delle Clessidre : Alienatura. Black Widow Records (BWRCD160-2). Nov. 2013. Cross-binding the words alien and nature, this 2nd album by the Italian band also introduces a new singer - Francesco Ciapica - offering brand new colors to the interpretations of a musical world characterized by a care for sound, voice enrichments, sought arrangements, lyricism and drama, a symbolism between music and image, an extensive work on photography and visual communication. All in all the natural continuation of their first album, but with a heightened musical awareness and intent even more tangible, in order to express their own musical identity, conceptually and stylistically.
Ingranaggi Della Valle : In Hoc Signo. Black Widow (BWRCD 155-2). Release date: 10/05/13. Here is a new young band from Rome at their debut! They belong to the category *nerts of retro-prog*, using exclusively vintage instruments such as Mellotron M400, Hammond B3 Organ, Mini Moog Voyager, Electric Piano, Elka Synthex... but the story doesn'tstop here! Mattias Olsson from Änglagård gave the band some arrangements suggestions playing also on one track as special guest; David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator, the Long Hello, Osanna) heard the Ingranaggi demo and was enthusiastic to play flute and sax as guest on the final track of the album. So here it is, a work of love and dedication!
Karmamoi: Oddtrip (K01). New band with twin guitars, no keyboards, a female singer with a warm, clean voice and a music that leans towards the heritage of bands like Porcupine Tree.
Kerygmatic Project: By Sheer Chance. The Kerygmatic Project, former cover band of UK and Asia, release now their second official album, which aims to recover in style and construction the great tradition of British progressive rock of the 70's
& 80's. A rock component, a sprinkling of '70/80s sound and a dash of pop, combined with the various contributions derived from jazz and classical music, make the album tasty, attractive and immediate, while retaining in the arrangements and lyrics implicit elements that lead the listener to the pleasure of a continuous discovery. The trio line-up and the extensive use of keyboards refer of course to the tradition of the great historical groups and in particular show a strong bond with the sounds of the best Wakeman !
La Leggenda New Trolls : Concerto Grosso 1-2-3. ARS/IMM1021. Nov. 2013. This new CD combines the three Concerto Grosso from 1971-1976-2013 in a single disc, recently recorded in Japan. The four original members (Gianni Belleno, Giorgio D'Adamo, Vittorio De Scalzi e Nico Di Palo) refresh their own masterpiece once again with the orchestra.
La Leggenda New Trolls: Concerto Grosso n.3. ARS/IMM 1015. April 2013. Four original members of New Trolls reunited again with composer-arranger Luis Bacalov, who also signs five out of the thirteen songs. Performed with the help of the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, this new album closes the trilogy of "Concerti Grossi".
Bernardo Lanzetti: Vox 40 - 40 Years of Voice Impossible. Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC038) / CD+DVD Digipack. Street date: 29/11/13. Ex-PFM singer Lanzetti gave a memorable concert at the Park Theatre (Parma, Italy) on May 28th 2013, celebrating a 40 years-long career. Some of its major steps have been sketched for this concert, filmed and recorded. Starting with "Acqua Fragile for Orchestra", the reinterpretation of the music of Acqua Fragile by the "Tango Spleen" , a small classic / modern orchestra led by pianist and conductor Mariano Hope, usually specializing in tango from Argentina; however this turned out to be a very Prog experiment, since benefiting of the intervention of Franz Dondi and Piero Canavera, original members of the legendary band. Next comes a tribute to Lanzetti's newest band - CCLR - or more entirely Cavalli Cocchi/Lanzetti/Roversi, here with the first but without Moongarden's keyboardist, conpenated by the addition of several other musicians; and finally the "Chocolate Kings Band" performs a pot pourri of not only tunes from this specific album but of many other PFM hits, enhanced by several guests like Franco Taulino on flute (member of the band Beggar's Farm). The VOX 40 show is now available as a boxset that collects the audio of "Acqua Fragile for Orchestra" (CD) as well as the entire show on DVD and a booklet of 16 pages that details this long and complex event that saw Bernardo Lanzetti on stage with 23 amazing musicians.
Locanda Delle Fate: Bloom Live. AMS225CD. March 2013. At the Progvention 2010 on Saturday 6th November 2010, the historical band went on stage and played their masterpiece from the 70's ( the album “Forse le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più”) nearly in its entirety. The event is here reissued on CD/DVD; the first 1000 copies come in a special lavish format, comprising a hard-cover mini-booklet inside a horizontal slipcase (15 x 25cm).
Locanda Delle Fate: The Missing Fireflies. Fading Records (FAD 005). April 2013. The historical band proposes here various unreleased songs not included in their first album (Forse le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più, from 1977), played and recorded for the first time, and other live tracks taken from a 1977 concert. It feels as if so many years have not even gone by!
Mad Fellaz: S/T. (MF 001 CD). This band from Bassano del Grappa (North Italy), was born in 2010 as an experimental trio ( Paolo Busatto and Emanuele Pasin at the electric guitars, Marco Busatto at the drums). A few months later, the band enlarged its membership : Carlo Passuello (bass) , Enrico Brunelli (keyboards) , Rudy Zilio ( flute, clarinet, synth). The compositions and the sound of the band are inspired by the great of the past like King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Area, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and the present like Opeth and Porcupine Tree. The band's open minded vision allows it to experiment with different genres and to combine to its style also flamenco, funky and heavy metal. The main target is not to put limits on the creative flow and not to focus on a particular genre making use of all the knowledge in order to create music which can emotionally involve with natural expression.
Magnetic Sound Machine: Inspired by...Magnetic Sound Machine plays The Snow Goose. Lizard 0101 CD. Street date: 24/10/13. Not only does the Italian band replay the cult album in its entirety but they also interspersed texts from the book by US novelist Paul Gallico, The Snow Goose, published in 1941. A double tribute?
Maschera Di Cera: Le Porte Del Domani. AMS. Jan. 2013. New album in which the band deepen their relationship to vintage sounds, but bring everything to a more actualized dimension, while lyrically the concept addresses the struggle between two planets, one light and one dark; a fight that will only be resolved by two lovers from the two different worlds and by the otherworldly intervention of the deity that protects them. “Le Porte del Domani” (The Doors of Tomorrow) contains a 45-minute suite in nine parts. The cover artwork has been made by Lanfranco, the same author of the original “Felona and Sorona” painting, who kindly allowed the band to use his 1968 opus “Gli Amanti del Sogno” (The Dream’s Lovers). “Le Porte del Domani" is made available on CD in two different Italian (AMS217CD) and English (AMS218CD) versions (the second has also a slightly different mix), and on LP (AMS62LP).
Maxophone: Live in Tokyo. ARS IMM/1023 CD. Street date: 17/01/14. They're still alive! The magic of the songs of the historic 1975 eponymous album lives today in the live entirely recorded in April 2013 at the City Club in Tokyo, during the Italian Progressive Rock Festival. The Japanese concert was an opportunity to present two new songs: "The Island", a song written by the band in 1972 and never before released, and "Guardian Angel". A little taste of the new Maxophone album soon to be recorded!
Museo Rosenbach: Barbarica. AMS/IMM 1017. April 2013. New conceptual album by a reformed historical band. The dominating theme is the instinctive violence which brings any civilization back to its primitive barbaric state. The band tells the story of a world feeling lost and torn by war demons, unable to grow in harmony with Nature.
NichelOdeon: Bath Salts. 2CD Lizard (LZ0097). Street date: 05/09/13. After 2 previous live albums, a studio one and a DVD, NichelOdeon releases a double CD (20 studio tracks) + a 48 pages book with paintings and visual poetry by Effe Luciani and photos by Andrea Corbellini, in an elegant handmade, autographed and numbered packaging. This ambitious project gathers under the same sky 32 musicians from 5 generations of avant garde music; just to name a few: Michel Delville (Wrong Object), Paolo Tofani (Area), Walter Calloni (PFM). Summarized like this: “This is the record of human revolution. Dedicated to those who are born or reborn in this moment”.
Doris Norton: Parapsycho. Black Widow (BWRCD 158-2). Street date: 04/07/13. Considered by many as the masterpiece of electronic dark prog, this album from 1981 was recorded with the help of Alex Cooper (flute), Mike Lee (guitar), Andy Jackson (drums) and Antonius Rex (bass, guitar synth), plus two special guests: Tullio De Piscopo on drums and Hugo Heredia on flute. This is the 32nd Anniversary edition, the Cd version contains an unreleased track titled Precognition. Also available as LP!
Osanna : Tempo (DVD2215). New and highly anticipated release by Osanna, including a beautiful photo book and a double DVD. A collaboration work between Napoli's label Afrakà and Black Widow from Genoa, this piece of art will certainly be appreciated by prog afficionados and collectors for its artistic value and for the rediscovered vintage footage that it contains, the synthesis of which has brought to light some "goodies, exclusive and unreleased footage from the 70s. The first DVD, "Osanna - Live in Naples" was recorded at the historic Teatro Trianon in Naples, on October 24th, 2012 and features several guests such as David Jackson or Il Balletto's keyboard mastermind Gianni Leone, to name but a few. The second DVD, "Osanna - Story" is made of 20 clips, selected and retrieved from the archives of the TV channels RAI, Telecapodistria and from private archives too. Osanna took part in various television shows, video clips, and there is also some footage of live concerts! The elegant and stylish book presents an overview of current photographic images, live images and footage from the earliest historical formation of the band, with Elio D'Anna , Danilo Rustici, Massimo Guarino and Lello Brandi with their relative biography in Italian and English.
Oteme: Il Giardino Disincantato (EDDCHAIR1). Sept. 2013. Oteme or in full Osservatorio delle Terre Emerse is to be placed inbetween Rock in Opposition and contemporary music, being the debut album of composer Stefano Giannotti. A 'variable geometry' ensemble, innovative and independent from commercial logic, searching for a metaphorical 'dry land'. Special guest: Thomas Bloch, a specialist of an unusual instrument: the glass harmonica. A few words from the composer: "The idea behind the Garden is the creation of songs not meant to be disposable; in almost all of the tracks the listener seems to stand still but moves, or vice versa, just because there isn't a tonic and dominant, but it moves about in ways soiled by curiosity dissonance and sound."
Pandora: Alibi Filosofico. AMS (AMS228CD). Sept. 2013. Third album by this band from Piemonte. Devoted to the prog-rock sound of the golden years, composed of two keyboard players and multi-instrumentalist Claudio Colombo, whose work on this disc is literally awesome, given his ability in juggling all over drums, guitar, bass, flute and other instruments. Much eclectic stylistically, the album has a number of important guests, including Dino Fiore (Castello di Atlante and David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator).
Periferia Del Mondo: Nel Regno Dei Ciechi. ARS/IMM 1016. April 2013. This fourth studio album by the Roman band embodies what we can certainly define as the turning point of the band towards a harsher and more direct sound. The arrangements are more lean in favor of aggressive sounds and granite riffs, with forays into world music and electronic.
PFM: PFM in Classic - Da Mozart a Celebration. Available as 2CD (ARSIMM/1019) or 3LP (ARSIMM/1020) boxsets. Street date: 10/09/13. PFM always had a connection to classical music, just think for example of the Rossini overture already presented on the live album "Cook". So this project had to come one day! PFM felt the need and the desire to return to the Great Mother Classical music, where band and orchestra play respectful of their diversity. The performance of the songs takes advantage of a reduction of the original score, with inserts of original music specially created by PFM. The arrangements do not follow a fixed pattern. PFM is entrusted to the imaginative power of the original writing of the piece, integrating it with its contemporary vision. The choice of the authors so diverse one to each other (Mozart, Verdi, Saint Saens, Prokofiev, Rossini, Dvorak, etc..) has allowed the band to work on a wide range of expressive possibilities, including revisiting their own tunes with orchestra (the entire LP3 is dedicated to this goal). A last note on the packaging; if you order the LP boxset, not only will you get a hugely sized and magnificent booklet but also three waterprints portraiting Franz, Patrick and Franco, the three main instigators of this project. Beautiful!
Procession: 9 Gennaio 1972. DPLZ 6071. Jan. 2013. Thanks to a re-discovery by Marcello Capra, tapes of a live performance from September 1, 1972 at "Lio Club dh Chieri", a few months before making their first album, this *new* album by Procession is now released. It's a document that shows the evolution of Procession, which as almost all groups from early Italian progressive wave, loved to engage in "classical" Anglo-American hits, often giving them their own sound. The lead singer is Gianfranco Gaza, who afterwards became the lead singer in Arti & Mestieri for the album “Giro di Valzer per Domani”. Mastered by Beppe Crovella at Electromantic Synergy studios. He was able to return a full sound and wonderful quality to the recovered tapes!
Progenesi: Ulisse l'Alfiere Nero. Here's the debut album by a new Italian band, an instrumental concept album based on Ulysses, that blends elements of classical Italian progressive rock, virtuosic display, jazz, classical themes, and modern sensibilities in a very effective way. The classic format of keyboards / guitar, bass & drums, is enhanced with the colours of violin and cello.
Prophexy : Improvviso. Musea Parallèle (MP 3270). Here is an excellent present progressive rock band, also attracted by heavy-metal and jazz. Recorded live on March 17th 2012 in Vicenza (Italy), Improvviso contains brand new songs, as well as new versions from the previous self-produced album "Alconauta" (2009). Crazy time signatures, enchanting flute melodies and style contaminations are the genuine trademarks of the band. As bonus-tracks, "Disassociation" and "Golf Girl", two Caravan classics played together with Richard Sinclair, founding member of the great English band and icon of the Canterbury School.
Proteo: Republilflucht! Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC036). Dec. 2013. After being awarded as best prog album of 2009 at MEI (by the association of independent Italian labels) for their debut album "Under a Red Polar Light," Proteo offer us another gem, where the structure of the songs is longer and more complex but always full of modern and contemporary music, suitable for every kind of listening.
Prowlers : Prowlerslive. Agla CD006 (2013). This is a live recording - the first for the band - made in an "old style" way, with no corrections or after-effects in the studio, that faithfully reproduces the recording of the concert held on November 17, 2012.
RanestRane: A Space Odyssey - Part I – Monolith. Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC 037). The band RanestRane after attending the important Japanese event "Italian Progressive Rock Festival" in Tokyo, on April 27th, 2013 as members of the newly reformed band “Il Rovescio Della Medaglia” along with the original guitarist and founder Enzo Vita, brings to light their new work, the CineConcerto "A Space Odyssey - Part I - Monolith" inspired by the cult movie by Kubrick. It’s the first CD of a trilogy dedicated precisely to the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey”. Forthcoming: "A Space Odyssey - Part II - Hal 9000" (scheduled Sept. Oct., 2014) and "A Space Odyssey - Part III - Starchild". The idea of producing and presenting a live performance baptized CineConcerto is their special trademark. What exactly is a CineConcerto? It is the staging of live music, accompanied by the integral projection of a film. It is not just soundtracks or images but a true Rock -Opera built on the rhythm and the suggestion of the images and the narrative. Special guests on this album are singer Steve Hogarth and guitarist Steven Rothery, members of the English band Marillion, who embellished the album with lyrics and songwriting of high artistic value. The album ranges from pinkfloydian atmospheres to most symphonic prog traits with great escapes of keyboards and guitar solos, where the sweetness and melody are the masters.
Segno Del Comando, Il: Il Volto Verde. Black Widow (BWR 164-2). December 2013. New line up and new album out for one of the most mysterious and charming rock bands from Genoa (Italy). "Il Volto Verde" (the green face) is a concept album inspired by the novel of Gustav Meyrink, a well known masterpiece that represents one of the main subjects of his esoteric testament. It features various collaborators like Claudio Simonetti from Goblin, Gianni Leone from Balletto di Bronzo, Martin Grice from Delirium, Freddy Delirio from Death SS, Paul Nash & Maethelyiah from The Danse Society, Sophya Baccini from Presence along with Osanna e Delirium, all under the leadership of Diego Banchero.The prog-jazz rock-soundtrack-experimental-dark essence that characterises the tracks in the first couple of chapters has been well developed and rooted. The masterpiece's cover features an impressive and shocking painting from the artist Danilo Capua.
Sophya Baccini’s Aradia: Big Red Dragon. Black Widow (BWRCD 162-2). Sophya Baccini may be remembered as founder of the dark hard-prog band Presence. This new project is based on a nearly all-female line up - the exception being guitarist Chicco Acetta - but also benefits from a huge list of guests, from Ange's singer Christian Descamps to Curved Air's Sonja Kristina or - if we stay within Italian borders - Osanna's singer Lino Vairetti ... and more! The album is dedicated to the paintings of the great English genius William Blake (even the album's title comes from one of his paintings!).
Stormy Six: Benvenuti nel Ghetto. Vinyl Magic (VM156CD+DVD). New work by the cult band, made in collaboration with the artist Moni Ovadia, who between songs reads the testimonies of those who lived the horrors of nazism; the new album is indeed conceptual, as it focuses on the events that occurred on April 19th, 1943 within the Warsaw ghetto: the first collective rebellion act against the Nazi oppression, a strong protest that lasted about one month! The package comes in a special deluxe format, consisting of an 8-page booklet with cardboard cover, all housed in a horizontal slipcase measuring 15x25cm. The CD presents 11 new songs and the DVD captures the entire performance of the same tracks, as played during the Spring of 2013.
Submarine Silence: There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room. Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC035). Release date: 18/06/13. This is a project carried by keyboardist Cristiano Roversi of Moongarden fame. It involves many players from other bands such as Mangala Vallis, represented by colleague and drummer Gigi Cavalli Cocchi, but also the newer Catafalchi Del Cyber. Roversi's sweet spot is vintage retro-prog so if I tell you that the band dedicates a little symphonic cameo to the sound of Genesis (and to Tony Banks particularly), then the circle is full ended, right?
Aldo Tagliapietra: L’angelo Rinchiuso. Self Release (TGL0003-1). The new album by Aldo Tagliapietra features 12 tracks. This time with a full band and a true prog feeling, not the minimalistic song-inspired that Aldo used us too earlier. The author of the artwork is Paul Whitehead, famous for his Genesis and VDGG covers. The CD comes as a gatefold minisleeve CD, with a 12 page booklet including lyrics.
The Rome Pro(G)Ject: A Musical Walk Through The History & The Places,The Greatness & The Be. TRP (TRPCDALB01). Who else than the voice of Banco could best narrate the story of this conceptual album, based on Rome? Add the plethora of players who said yes to compose or perform for the project: Steve Hackett (Genesis), David Cross (King Crimson), David Jackson (VDGG), Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield & the North) and a few more and you are ready for "A musical walk through the history and the places, the greatness and the beauty of the eternal city" !
Three Monks: The Legend of the Holy Circle. Black Widow (BWR 159). CD or LP. Here is the 2nd concept album from the Italian band, after their debut album “Neogothic Progressive Toccatas” published in 2011. The project is centered around the incredible pipe organ playing of Paolo Lazzeri supported by a thundering bass/drums rhythm section and little else. This album is a church organ purist's dream. The music is incredibly heavy, vast, formal, and tinged with centuries of age. You feel as if you are walking into one of those centuries old European cathedrals and hearing the phenomenal power of the ancient organ, swirled into often dizzying progressive rock pieces. Not to miss!
Tugs: Europa Minor. AMS 221CD. This album shows the return of a band founded in 1978. The amazing part being that their debut album comes now, with the reformation of the band! "Europa Minor" is the soundtrack of an ambitious, personal and exciting rock opera based on a "humanistic" and "different" vision of Europe. Tugs recall the great progressive tradition - the fairy and romantic one by Genesis as well as the Mediterranean one of PFM and Le Orme - blending it with folk elements.
Unreal City: La Crudeltà di Aprile. Mirror Records (MRL1006). 2013. Unreal City are a young band from Parma, who present a symphonic prog-rock with strong dark and gothic influences. The thread that binds tightly the stories tells about corruption of things and people, changes, and self evolution. Unreal City play instruments such as Hammond and Liturgical Organs, Mellotron, Moog, Clavinet, Rhodes, vintage special effects, reverb and tape echo. Original drum lines push a 70's-like music into a more modern and attractive contest, while maintaining certain fixed and essential prog patterns.
Ut New Trolls: Do Ut Des. AMS /IMM 1012CD. March 2013. Already the third album put out by this branch of the New Trolls tree, formed - let's recall it - by the two original NT members Gianni Belleno (drums, vocals) and Maurizio Salvi (keyboards and vocals). Apparently successful as live band - their first album was recorded live in Italy while the second reflected their Japanese tour - they come now with new songs and a little surprise closing the album, as the last track is beautifully sung by special guest Fergie Frederiksen, one of the main voices of Toto.
V/A: A Family Snapshot - A tribute to Genesis solo careers: Peter Gabriel. Mellow Records (MMP518). April 2013. First opus of a tribute series produced by Mellow and dedicated to Genesissolo careers. The contributors include bands such as Quarkspace (USA), Goad (IT), TNR (IT), Randone (IT) and many other.
The Watch: Tracks From The Alps. Street date: 21/02/14. New album, dedicated to the mountain chain north of Milan that has played a big role in some of the band’s guys lives. It will contain all original new music from The Watch and a small cute cover “Going out to get you” Genesis used to play live in 1971. The musical atmospheres in the album change a lot through the songs, from very rock powerful progressions to quiet and more acoustic sections performed by 12 strings guitars arpeggios and electric pianos. Producing the album the band has - as usual - used only original instruments from the 70s, like mellotron, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizers, Hohner electric pianos (the same one used by The Beatles), double neck and 12 strings electric and acoustic guitar. Arrangements are rich and melodies are always to be discovered and something never foregone, this is what keeps the tension high when listening to this album.
Fabio Zuffanti: La Quarta Vittima. AMS (AMS230CD). January 2014. Lyrically inspired by Michael Ende's "The Mirror in the Mirror", musically speaking the album is a tortuous journey through multiple genres, in the best tradition of prog-rock. It may be his most varied, eclectic and personal album ever. Standing for all lyrics and the music, he directs many of his past collaborators, among whom we find Agostino Macor and Laura Marsano (La Maschera di Cera), plus the young keyboardist Emanuele Tarasconi from Unreal City.
IT'S A BIG ... BIG ... WORLD!
PROG IN THE UNITED KINGDOM!
Reissue on the Gozo label of two Brand X albums: Missing Period (HST184CD) on September 23rd, 2013 + Is There Anything About? (HST168CD) on November 18th.
Brand X: Live at the Roxy, LA 1979. Gonzo (HST193CD). Street date: 7th October 2013. Recorded at the Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, California on Sunday, 23rd September 1979 11:30 pm to 1:00 am. This recording has never been previously *officially* issued but had circulated a lot as semi-bootleg amongst the band's afficionados because of its great audio quality. Good to see it at last officially released!
Genesis: Selling England by the Pound. New experiment, this album is today reissued as pure audio Blu-ray. Street date: 31/01/14.
Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri: Arc Light. EP (a 5-track mini-album). Street date: 10-01-14. This is a little brother to their album "Not The Weapon But The Hand". The album features 4 new tracks and a new version of "Intergalactic" featuring guitars from Aziz Ibrahim, who also plays on two of the new tracks. This is a limited numbered edition on jewel case CD, with an 8 page booklet featuring beautiful photography from Luigi Colosanti and Hogarth's lyrics.
King Crimson: The Road To Red Ltd. Box. Robert Fripp went this time further in the release delirium! Over 21 cds, 1 dvd, 2 blu-ray discs, copious sleeve notes and replica memorabilia, The Road To Red comprehensively captures the essence of King Crimson's US tour of 1974 and the process leading to one of the band's most important albums. A total of 16 concerts are featured across 20 discs, with a new Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp stereo mix of the studio Red as the 21st CD. 20 CDs of live material drawn from:
+ 10 concerts recorded on stereo soundboard cassettes directly from the band's mixing desk - all previously unreleased on CD, audio newly restored at DGM Soundworld in 2013.
+ 5 concerts professionally recorded on multi-track tape. Parts of these shows have been previously included in the USA & The Great Deceiver releases, but they are all included here in full on CD for the first time.
+ 1 CD drawn from an audio restored high quality bootleg of the band's final 1974 New York concert previously available only via mail order and now remastered.
+ CD 21 features a new stereo mix of Red by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp
The DVD (compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players) offers High Resolution Stereo mixes of the Asbury Park/USA concert in its various released/unreleased configurations (24bit/48khz).
+ Blu-Ray Disc 1 features full lossless audio 24/192 transfers of four complete professionally recorded concerts newly transferred at the highest possible resolution from the original analogue Dolby SR half inch mix-downs in DTS-HD master sound stereo.
+ Blu-Ray Disc 2 features a 24/192 transfer of the Asbury Park/USA concert, a new stereo mix of Red in 24/96 DTS-HD master sound stereo by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson, and also contains the original stereo mix of Red along with the 5.1 mix of the album in 24/96 DTS-HD + bonus audio material.
The discs are packaged in 8 individual 3-disc digipaks within an album sized box. Includes an LP sized booklet with rare/unseen photos, new sleeve notes by Robert Fripp, Sid Smith, technical notes on the recordings by David Singleton, expanded band member diary entries and eye-witness accounts from fans who attended the gigs. Memorabilia includes postcards, album prints, replica set lists & more besides.
I did say delirium, didn't I?
King Crimson: USA 40th Anniversary Edition. USA is the ninth release in the King Crimson 40th anniversary series.
· CD features a completely new stereo album mix of the full concert by Robert Fripp & David Singleton.
· DVD features High Resolution Stereo mixes (24bit/96khz) of all three editions of this album/concert.
· Presented as a 2 x digi-pack format in a slipcase with sleeve notes, rare photos & archive material.
· Advertising booked includes Record Collector & Classic Prog
Thieves Kitchen: One for Sorrow, Two for Joy. Release date: 29/01/13. Digipack. Following the acclaimed "The Water Road" (2008), Anglo Swedish band Thieves' Kitchen are set to release their brand new album! Probably their most accessible album to date, it blends elements of Canterbury, Folk, Fusion, Symphonic and Rock to produce music as adventurous as it is familiar, as melodic as it is intricate, with an 'Englishness' to its flavour, Swedish in its texture. Guesting on the title track are members of English Sanguine Hum and Swedish Änglagård!
Steven Wilson: I.E.M. Complete Recordings 4CD Box. This very limited one-off repress 4CD box set compiles the complete I.E.M. catalogue, including the albums "I.E.M.", "Have Come For Your Children", "Arcadia Son" and "An Escalator To Xmas". The boxset now contains every single note officially released for the project. Presented in a hardback slipcase box, with all four discs delicately packed into Japanese papersleeves with innerbags, and coming with a 60-page booklet, this release is both an homage and a final farewell, and strictly limited to 2.000 copies worldwide.
Rick Wakeman: Live At The Maltings (DVD/CD). Gonzo (RICK002CD). Street date: 3rd December 2013. This album was recorded at Farnham Maltings in 1976; a year when Rick was just about to take a break from his solo career and rejoin Yes for the triumphant album that was "Going for the One". It was actually broadcast in the same evening that it was recorded.
Yes: Sounding Out. DVD. Live concert from Hemel Hempstead, Pavilion, recorded on October 3rd, 1971. NTSC all regions.
OUR LITTLE SCANDINAVIAN CORNER!
Arabs In Aspic : Pictures in a Dream. Black Widow (BWRCD 152-2). They are from Norway and this is their 2nd album for the label, their first - Strange Frame of Mind - being already sold out. Recorded in Norway and mixed in Sweden, here's the follow up, featuring special guest Rune Sundby of legendary 70's band Ruphus on vocals.
The Opium Cartel: Ardor. Termo Records. The Norwegian Art pop collective return after their much-acclaimed debut with their sophomore effort “Ardor”. Featuring a stellar cast including No-Man/Henry Fool’s Tim Bowness and Stephen Bennett, White Willow/Änglagård drummer Mattias Olsson, as well as members of Wobbler, Jaga Jazzist and Pixel, not to mention two of Norway’s foremost vocal talents; Venke Knutson and Alexander Stenerud. The project is helmed by White Willow guitarist/songwriter Jacob Holm-Lupo. While continuing the atmospheric, slo-mo proggy pop sound of the first album, this new album is a somewhat different beast, taking inspiration from 80’s art pop icons like The Blue Nile, Japan, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, as well as drawing on the contemporary electronic pop of bands like M83.
Pax Romana: Let All Men Know - This Is Sacred Ground. Presence (PRECD036). Digipack. After three years, Pax Romana is back again with its third album. This time it's based upon a slogan from a war memorial in Melbourne - using that slogan to honor destroyed nature, burned out people and sending a message to future generations. These songs are down to earth, straightforward songs about us all: a mixture of ballads, prog-rock songs and folky ambient tunes.
Walrus: S/T. The Electricity Recording Company (ELPS-201). LP release! Not to be confused with the British band from the 70's, this one comes from Sweden. While early German Electronic Kraut Rock seems to be in the band’s collective DNA, that’s just a small part of it. The roots of their music may be firmly planted in age old Psychedelic and Progressive Rock, but their branches reach well into the future – to a new kind of Post-Rock perhaps. And theirs is a sound that changes constantly. Going from pastoral and emotional to jugular aggression in mere seconds, the band ebbs and flows, back and forth, creating spectacular atmospheres and moods. Building tension and tearing it down, telling stories and painting pictures. There is nothing quite like it.
FROM OVER THE ATLANTIC!
The Claudia Quintet: September. Cuneiform Records (RUNE 377). Oct. 2013. 7th album for the New York based quintet, led by John Hollenbeck.
Crimson ProjeKct: Live in Tokyo. Street date: 28/02/14. Featuring the talents of Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph; The Crimson ProjeKCt primarily focuses on repertoire from the early 1980s through to the mid-90s. The band has a double trio line-up, as made popular by Crimson between 1994 - 1997.
Discipline: This One's for England. 2CD. Recorded live May 5, 2012 at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Discipline performs some of its better known progressive art rock epics on this 2-disc live recording.
Glass Hammer: Ode To Echo. Street date: 11/03/14. This is the 14th studio album by America’s top-prog group and it represents the most powerful ensemble of Glass Hammer members ever assembled on one recording, including cameo performances by past members Walter Moore and Michelle Young, but also Rob Reed of Magenta and David Ragsdale of Kansas. Add mastering by top-man Bob Katz and you're in for the highly anticipated studio album by prog-legends Glass Hammer!
HR3: HR3. Vera Musique. Available worldwide on Nov. 26th, 2013. Based in Montréal, HR3 is a jazz power trio set up by US bass player Hansford Rowe, previously known from Gongzilla . He teams up here with two prodigious young Canadians: Julien Sandiford on guitar and Max Lazich (drums). A new form of jazz power trio!
Huis: Despite Guardian Angels. Unicorn Records (UNCR-5088). 2014. Huis ("home doors" in French, and "house" in Dutch) is a five member musical project officially formed by Pascal Lapierre and Michel Joncas at the end of 2009, after an oustanding and inspiring trip in the Netherlands. At that time, they decided to put on tape (read hard drive!) some ideas they had in mind since a long time. Over time, three other talented musicians, William Regnier, Sylvain Descôteaux and Michel St-Père (Mystery), joined the band, each one bringing a special touch to Huis’ sound.
Percy Jones: Cape Catastrophe. Gonzo (HST183CD). Release date: 25th November 2013. This is the reissue of an early album the bass player did record in 1988 and 1989 at a studio in East Harlem, after he left the UK for the USA. Using an array of the era's available hardware (including, as the product-placing liners indicate, a Casio synthesizer, Roland sequencer, Yamaha drum machine, and Korg digital delay), Jones laid down tracks ranging from two-and-a-half minutes to over 23 minutes in length, and then accompanied the tracks live on his five-string (Wal V, for those interested in brands) bass as the direct-to-digital recording was made. The results were generally quite impressive, and stand the test of time well over a decade later.
Karmakanic: Live in the US. 2CD. Street date: 17/01/13. Recorded at RosFest, Gettysburg PA, USA May 2012. 100 minutes of music on this 2CD DigiPak! It´s the whole show from this magical night nicely recorded by Mike Potter and mixed by Jonas Reingold. Also featuring drummer Morgan Ågren and keyboard player Lalle Larsson
Marbin: Last Chapter Of Dreaming. Moonjune Records (MJR050). 2013. Second release on Moonjune, this new album documents an intrepid leap forward for this young, vibrant band. With it's unique blend of inventive, balls-to-the-wall rock, unpretentious, from-the-heart jazz, and emotionallycharged blues (and even a hint of bittersweet, melodic Eastern European folk), this fabulous effort serves notice, in no uncertain terms, that Marbin are a band that has clearly arrived. Add the presence on some tracks of jazz and fusion greats Paul Wertico and Steve Rodby, both of Pat Metheny hall-of-fame, and world class percussionist Jamey Haddad whose "played with" pedigree include no less than Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Paul Simon, Carly Simon, and you're in for an unforgettable treat!
Levin Minnemann Rudess : LMR. Street date: 12.09.2013. The shock of a trio power meeting, three musicians who have marked the metal prog scene in various bands, from Liquid Tension Experiment (where Levin & Rudess officiated) to Dream Theater. Virtuosity and chops, Chapman Stick and a plethora of electronically treated keyboard sounds, massive drumming, but is the emotional side also preserved or is it just a glitter festival?
Miriodor: Cobra Fakir. Cuneiform Records (RUNE 368). Sept. 2013. Still looking after originality after a well filled thirty five years career, the Canadian band comes here with their 8th studio album, marked by sovereign melodies and adventurous improvisations.
Mirthkon: Snack(s). AltrOck Productions (ALT 038). Sept. 2013. Four years after their debut album, the mighty band from Oakland, led by guitarist / vocalist Wally Scharold, presents its new production, “Snack(s)” , with a renewed line-up that keeps faith to its distinctive style, reaching a full maturity in avant-garde rock. The complexity of the melodic lines, broken and involving the whole ensemble (with a substantial role for the wind section), the insisting rhythms characterized by continuous changes of meters, the “dirty” vocals by Scharold alternating with that of saxophonist Jamison Smeltz, make this release a new milestone for lovers of the RIO and avangarde.
Septum: Quiet... Listen! Musea Parallèle (MP 3264). Septum, Havana’s best kept secret, has just released its debut album “Quiet...Listen!”. Septum is a septet of professionally trained musicians and the instrumentation includes violin, bag pipes and an amazing female voice. Stylistically, they move within the realms of progressive rock and symphonic metal with great musicianship and lyricism.
Tolerance: When Time Stops. Musea Parallèle (MP 3266). May 2013. Here is a Venezuelan band formed in April 2003 by singer Ricardo Figueroa and drummer Rodrigo Nunez. After several line-up changes and ten years of hard work, the group finally recorded its debut album, a blend of hard-rock, funk, heavy-metal, classical music and electronic sounds, full of musicianship defined by overwhelming drumming, powerful guitar riffs, clever keyboards arrangements and remarkable vocals. The lyrics are related to topics such as existence, science, politics and environmental issues.
WHAT HAPPENS IN EUROPE?
After Crying: Anniversary Concert. 2CD+DVD. Periferic (BGDV221). Recorded live at the Palace of Arts (Budapest, Hungary) on November 9th, 2011. The 1st CD contains the live version of the band's latest studio album "Creatura". This was the first and official live introduction of this album, in its full length. The 2nd CD and the DVD have the same musical material: compositions from the very beginning until today featuring a real symphony orchestra. After Crying have always been using classical instruments, chamber orchestras and/or huge symphonic orchestras as a natural part of their compositions and sound. DVD Screen format: 16:9 HD / Sound: 2.0 / All regions.
Alms: Beyond. Musea Parallèle (MP 3267). June 2013. Alms is a musical project created by the Spanish composer and multi-instrumentalist Aitor Lucena. “Beyond”, his debut album, is a musical and very personal adaptation of the “journey” after death, and revolves around the three mythological characters Hypnos, Thanatos and Caronte (Charon). Pure Symphonic Prog-Rock, in which you’ll appreciate influences from ELP to Mike Oldfield, from classical Music to heavy metal, and also a strong influence from Italian progressive rock bands such as Il Balletto Di Bronzo, Le Orme or Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso. Doubtlessly, it will astonish classic Prog-Rock lovers.
Archestra: Arches. Soleil Mutant (SM 38). March 2013. This CD inaugurates the Soleil Mutant sub-logo of Soleil Zeuhl, devoted to RIO and various innovative musics. The Archestra is one of the 2 bands resulting from the split of Rational Diet, band from Bielorussia. This new work continues in the same vein started with the 3 Rational Diet albums: an electric chamber rock with references to Henry Cow and Univers Zéro hints. Superb mastering work by Udi Koomran. Modern RIO at its best!
Bittová & Fajt: S/T. Pavian Records (PM0065-2). April 2013. Reissue of an album that kicked off a stellar musical career for violinist / singer Iva Bittová. At the end of the eighties, the connection of drummer Pavel Fajt's unique alternative rock style with the dark mysterious violin and expressive vocals of Iva Bittová turned out to be an amazing idea. To connect two such different instruments such as violin and drums, to get mutually inspired and improvise, all that was an unprecedented thing to do but the joint recording was a great result and ended with a rocket rise in popularity for the duo!
Susan Clynes: Life Is ... Moonjune Records (MJR061). USA release date: February 18, 2014. This release was compiled from three live concerts done at two different locations, each one with a unique band configuration. The Archiduc, an historic Art Deco bar in Brussels dating back to 1937, served as the backdrop for two of these performances. The first was done in trio format with Nico Chkifi on drums and Pierre Mottet on bass. The second was a more intimate solo performance at the Library of The Cultural Center of Bree. The third and final performance saw the return to the Archiduc, this time as a duo with Simon Lenski on cello. Each band configuration provided its own framework and pallet of tonal colors for these diverse sound portraits. As to the leader, her piano work runs the gamut from such radio-friendly performers as Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, briefly dipping into Tony Banks-like arpeggiations and cascades, and arriving at the jazz-inflected polytonality of French composer, Darius Milhaud. The distilled and emotive songs for voice with piano accompaniment bring to mind such undervalued luminaries as Laura Nyro and Essra Mohawk.
Débile Menthol: Live 1982-84. Les Disques Rayés (009). 2013. LP reissue of live recordings previously released on cassette only (Édition Unbeirrt).
Embryo! Released on the popular dig-a-log format (Analog LP + digital CD in the same package), the label Mirumir reissues four albums by the German outfit: the two first "Opal" and "Embryo's Rache", plus later ones "Zack Glück" and "Africa", the latter employing an African percussion ensemble on many tracks.
Five-Storey Ensemble: Not That City. AltrOck Productions (ALT033). March 2013. This band is the result of the split of Rational Diet and the music remains in a similar vein, with Vitaly Appow and Olga Podgaiskaya here as main composers.
Franc Albir: Hoc. Musea Parallèle (MP 3257). March 2013. Franc Albir is a veteran Catalan band formed by the mid-eighties. They have released a very few records, this is their fourth one. Their influences come from classic British progrock bands
such as Genesis, Camel or Marillion, but they also like to explore some other fields, introducing some hints of jazz, mediterranean sounds, and powerhouse passages close to metal. All this together building a great piece of work full of epic and melodic music.
Frequency Drift: Over. Gentle Art of Music (GAOM 021). Street date: 14/02/14. Fifth studio album for the Southern German band, held together by an even larger harmonic and rhythmic variety, not surprising when one takes a look at the selection of instruments. Still investigating the mix of classical touches and harder edges, the band shows a strong thirst in experimentation, always willing to find something new. Add a fruitful collaboration with RPWL's Yogi Lang (sound mixing) and you're in for a great treat!
Luc Henrion: Galerie. Mellow Records (MMP512). Jan. 2013. Belgian pianist, arranger and producer Luc Henrion, born in Anderlecht in 1954, is better known today as a film and stage music composer. His second, and presumably last, release was his own solo album from 1977, titled Galerie, where he plays all instruments (piano, organ, harpsichord, polymoog, guitar, zither, bass, drums). It blends contemporary piano music and progressive instrumental rock through clever arrangements and mix down. Despite the cover art, Galerie is not a solo piano record and most tracks are based on elaborate compositions for harpsichord, guitar and organ, among other instruments. In its structure and inspiration, the LP draws from Mussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition, 1874, a series of piano preludes each after an artwork by Russian architect Viktor Hartmann. Track titles in Galerie all refer to an art movement or specific technique and the entire album is conceived as a museum visit.
Humble Grumble: Guzzle It Up. AltrOck Productions (ALT032). March 2013. 2nd album for the Belgian outfit, following the great tradition of Belgian alternative bands such as X-Legged Sally or Fukkeduk but with on top an inexhaustible ironical attitude, mainly referring to Frank Zappa’s style. With “Guzzle it up” they follow this path, increasing the quality of the music in every aspects, skill, melodies, inspiration ... A tangible sign of maturity and quality for one of the most original ensembles of the last years.
Dusan Jevtovic: Am I Walking Wrong? Moonjune Records (MJR 058). Oct. 2013. Guitarist of Serbian origin living in Spain, Dusan Jevtovic is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, full of twists and turns that you never see coming. This session cooks on high heat, providing fans of stellar guitar work (especially the die-hard "tone freaks" out there!), plenty of choice morsels into which to sink their teeth. Continually pushing the envelope throughout a set which features a stream of unique, intriguing compositions, Jevtovic delivers the sonic goods with style and flair and his technique is flawless; the album showcases moments of immense raw, explosive power, interspersed with swatches of playful dissonance, contemplative ambiance, riveting r'n'b-tinged grooves, authoritative rock vamps, and more. The tight, abundantly-capable trio confidently stride through an engaging set of original barn-burners that are as catchy and accessible as they are spellbinding and unpredictable.
Kampec Dolores: Tema Principale. New album for closing 2013, on Trottel Records (SZ02TR2005CD). The album evolved from the recording of two improvised sessions on May 15-16th 2013. Still with saxophonist István Grencsó in the line up.
Kompendium: Elements. 2CD. Street date: 20/12/13. Over 2 hours of music, including original demos, unreleased tracks and instrumental versions from the original album "Beneath The Waves". CD2 is in fact the original album so this is kind of how to make new from old ... and will probably only appeal hardcore fans or completists!
Korai Öröm: 2013 (KO2013). New album by the Hungarian space rockers, keeping up with the same approach and elements as before: magic ethno sounds produced by the fuyara pipes, jew’s harp, hose-pipe trumpet, throat singing, psychedelic keyboards, the pulsing, tribal drums and percussions with massive, powerful and minimal basslines. On this recording the twin guitars produce occasionally some louder sounds as well as playing the usual ethnic tunes. Their line up is also nearly the same as earlier.
Machine Mass featuring Dave Liebman: Inti. Moonjune Records (MJR060). 2014. Graced by Liebman’s extraordinary phrasing and improvising skills, "Inti" combines free improvisation with tight rhythmic structures, post-Bitches Brew time signatures with ambient episodes, spreading across different musical and spiritual realities, both playfully and intensely. The band ventures into the fiery electro-jazz territories explored by Bianco and Delville’s recent Machine Mass Trio, which also showcased both musicians’ capacity to listen closely and improvise over unpredictable chord, rhythm and time changes while handling live electronics and computer loops.
Mythos: Grand Prix. Sireena Records (SIR 2119). July 2013. Recorded in 1981, this album saw only mastermind Stephan Kaske left from the original line up and therefore this album is a solo affair where he takes charge of everything (synths, sequencer, computer drum, vocals, vocoder, flute, tenor sax) for a blend of groove, analog synthie work and Krautrock.
October Equus Quartet: Isla Purgatorio (2013). The Spanish band has started setting up much of their material for download on their own site. With compositions by guitarist Ángel Ontalva, the quartet side of the band leans towards a more ostinato bass riffs and jazz-oriented solos than usual, with influences from early Cuneiform avant-jazz-rock bands like Curlew or Doctor Nerve, and also of 70's artists like Soft Machine, Michael Mantler or Terje Rypdal. The sound of the band is here raw and direct!
Omega: Oratorium (MCDA 13003). This is a special release from Omega. From April 2013 on, the band performed several shows in the most beautiful churches of Hungary and the surrounding countries. The band teamed up with a large church choir to perform a new instrumentation of classic Omega songs. Now recorded and presented on digipack CD!
Panzerballett: Live At Theatron Munich 2013. DVD. Gentle Art of Music (GAOM023DVD). Street date: 01/11/13. Filmed in August 2013, the German band has to be seen on a stage! Their musical melting pot - who else could think of interspersing elements of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt-suite or "Some Skunk Funk" by the Brecker Brothers ? - is absolutely unique, their energy and pace of change placed at very high levels, their musicianship and interplay stunning. In case the concert should not convince you of all this, the DVD also includes bonuses that will further highlight their identity: Concert Backstage Munich (October 26th 2012), "Vulgar Display of Sauerkraut" (Oct 12th 2012, Berlin), Interview with Mattias I.A. Eklundh, Film "Panzerballett on US-Tour". Now, listen, watch and enjoy!
RPWL: Wanted. Gentle Art of Music (GAOM 022). Street date: 18/03/14. The new album will be also released as double vinyl as well as a limited edition in additional 5.1 surround sound. The album is a concept one, based on the idea of man getting absolute freedom.
Slowly Rolling Camera: S/T. Edition Records. Street date: 03/02/14 (UK). This is the debut album from a Cardiff based band, with DAVE STAPLETON (composer, Fender Rhodes, piano, Hammond organ) as anchorman and Dionne Bennett as singer and lyricist. Described this way by Crack Magazine: "a jazzed-up nu-soul affair which is stuffed with orchestral sweeps, Bristol-style trip-hop and ethereal drum and bass rhythms". The album's free flowing soul and digital funk shows a boundless approach to arrangement, from warm, free flowing and texturally rich harmonies to vibrating rhythms and ambient soundscapes, with influences of groups like Portishead
Spaltklang: In Between. AltrOck Productions (ALT 037). Sept. 2013. The band led by the eclectic Swiss sax player Markus Stauss comes back with a new album and a totally renewed staff. Exit violinist Olivier Vogt and the electric bass of Stephan Brunner, now replaced by an acoustic one, played by Christian Weber, previously heard in the band Kurai. Stauss keeps his long time partners, drummer Rémy Sträuli and guitarist Francesco Zago (Stauss’ mate in Yugen and in the duo Zauss ). The newcomer and "colour" in the band is trumpetist Ritsche Koch, from Austria. The richness of sax and trumpet textures, the wide melodic phrasings, the unusual contrapunctal twists and the improvisations fueled by a red-hot rhytmic drive, make this album an extremely various and enjoyable one, literally In Between rock, jazz-rock and the typical modern-medieval Stauss inspiration
Univers Zéro: Phosphorescent Dreams. Arcàngelo (ARC-1313). The release of the new album by the Belgian has been now postponed to February 2014 and will bring a double change: a label change - leaving the US Cuneiform and taken over by the Japanese Arcángelo - and a line up change, far more important. Univers Zéro abandons the big-sized orchestral format and recenter on itself in a combo form. Drummer Daniel Denis also opens up the composition field to his new partner and only wind instrument player in the band, Kurt Budé (sax and clarinet, percussion). Denis also wanted a rockier band and therefore the enrolment of guitarist Nicolas Dechêne and keyboard player Antoine Guenet. The line up is completed by bass player Dimitri Evers. And the music? There is a continuity with the past; you will find again the syncopated melodic lines and harmonic constructions with references to late 20th century modern classical composers; and you will feel the input of the newcomers as fresh or recycled air, in both cases packed in a tightened new corset! I liked it ...
The Wrong Object: After The Exhibition. Moonjune Records (MJR055). Sept. 2013. This new album will probably be felt more accessible by many but maintains a very high level throughout and a contagious optimism. It also features a special guest on quite a few tunes, vibist and marimba player Benoît Moerlen!
Adouk Boucan: Blanche. Musea Parallèle (MP 3272). Sept. 2013. Coming from a 20 years old composer and producer from Bordeaux, Blanche tells a terrible love story: the daughter of the Moon came down on Earth out of boredom and in order to discover imaginary metropoles inhabited by disturbing characters. One of them is to become her lover. Anachronistic and contradictory, the world she enters mixes double-basses and machines, yesteryear swing and nocturnal, tribal or icy sounds.
Apogee: Waiting for the Challenge (FGBG 4911). Jan. 2013. Apogee focuses on the solo works from the talented leader and singer of German band Versus X. This album is number 7 and Arne Schäfer stands for vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, while he cleverly avoids the trap of electronic drums by inviting two *real* drummers, for the most Thomas Reiner, his partner in Versus X and on two tracks Eberhard Graef.
Banda Elastica: Aqui, Alla y Aculla (FGBG 4930). Oct. 2013. Banda Elástica, from Mexico, celebrates here its 30th anniversary with a compilation of live tracks from different stages and line-ups: Knitting Factory (New York, 1994); Museo de la Ciudad (Querétaro, México, 1999); Dokhuset (Trondheim, Norway, 2006); and the FestivAlterNativo (Querétaro, México, 2006 & 2008, with Chris Cutler on drums!).Difficult to define but somehow influenced by Henry Cow, Zappa (Uncle Meat era), Spanish prog fusion band Música Urbana and Stormy Six’s “Macchina Maccheronica” with
some Crimson twist. Deluxe edition with extensive liner notes (English and Spanish).
Jean-Pascal Boffo: Le Chant Des Fleurs (FGBG 4949). May 2013. This new album can be seen as an overview of the artist's career, renewed and embellished throughout the fourteen tracks. These songs of the flowers evolve between intimistic and acoustic moods, to lyrical and orchestral passages.
Philippe Cauvin: Voie Nacrée (FGBG 4929). Jan. 2014. New opus in the guitarist's discography! Deep to the bone, with no artifacts, just a mature, simple and sincere output centered on the guitar!
Dificil Equilibrio: La Perdua (FGBG 4920). April 2013. New album by the Spanish heavy proggers, ending with a Mediterranean rendition of Crimson's absolute hit 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Distillerie Di Malto: Suono ! (FGBG 4926). Jan. 2014. Twelve years have passed since the debut album, then being first act for a PFM concert in 2003 and now releasing what could may be the album of maturity! And in order to virtually connect past and present, they even included three songs written some time ago, when Maurizio Di Tollo on drums and Luca Latini on flute played with them. Maybe they achieved their goal: write and play classic progressive rock without virtuosities and compromises, sometimes a truly noble music.
Jack Dupon: Jésus l'Aventurier (FGBG 4922). April 2013. New album by the French avant-gardists. A lot of humourous French singing or speaking will certainly act as a put-off for those unfamiliars with Molière's language but they would anyway get the revenge in trying to stick to all the weirdness spread throughout, from noise intoxication to bashing riffs or other crazy constructions; this band is not for easy listeners or mainstreamers but if you like to be shaken, surprised, caught in arhythmetic trances, then it is definitely worth considering!
Mahya: Their Sanitaric Maternities Request. Musea Parallèle (MP 3275). Dec. 2013. Maya is the name of a current Japanese outfit, featuring the leader of folk-rock band Homunculus, but performing here a different kind of music. Firmly rooted in the experimental genre, Mahya uses Mellotron, Ondes Martenot, 43 microtone-organ, flute and many percussion
instruments, in a very artisanal way.
Orion: Mémoires Du Temps (FGBG 4934). Dec. 2013. Orion performs progressive rock music, with some folk influences, close to French groups such as Mona Lisa or Atoll, but also Gryphon.
33 years after the release of its first album, Orion is back with a second album entitled "Memories of Time". Their main influences have remained unchanged : Gentle Giant, Camel, King Crimson, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes ... Orion lies somewhere between those groups, with its own style.
Outer Limits: Outer Mania (FGBG 4916). Oct. 2013. Reissue of a compilation made in 1993
The Samurai Of Prog: Secrets Of Disguise (FGBG 4924). May 2013. The multi-national band is back with a double-album, putting its own spin on classic Progressive rock tunes plus new compositions of their own, a proof of maturation! Performances and recordings are of the highest quality and the CDs are accompanied by a beautiful forty-page booklet. This is a lovely homage to many of Progressive rock music's great works, some well-known and some lesser-known gems. With all the guest artists present, be prepared for a rich and textured feast for the ears! Jon Davison, the new singer in Yes (and lately joining Glasshammer too!), Roine Stolt, mastermind of The Flower Kings, keyboardist Lalo Huber from the Argentinian band Nexus, Guy LeBlanc (Camel, Nathan Maal), Linus Kase (Änglagård) and many, many more!
Siiilk: Way To Lhassa (FGBG 4927). Sept. 2013. Alchemy of a novel and creative meeting between five musicians, herein two previous members of the band Pulsar. Transporting us from the lowlands of Flanders to the butresses of Himalaya and India, the album is a timeless opus sublimed by the sounds of mellotron, keyboards, voices ,guitars but also brasses,tampuras, Armenian duduk, and Indian santur.
Taproban: Strigma (FGBG 4761). Dec. 2013. New album - their fourth - made of three long tracks and a conceptual inspiration.
The Prog Collective: Same (FGBG 4918). March 2013. The mastermind behind this project - Billy Sherwood - is a man of multiple resources, an accomplished musician, as well as a renowned producer. After having stood for several tributes to Pink Floyd, he is again using the same receipt for this project, with a roster of prog names that would get many to faint: Alan Parsons, Gary Green (Gentle Giant), John Wetton (Crimson, UK), Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye (all three Yes members on longer or shorter periods), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Richard Page, Steve Hillage (Gong), David Sancious, John Wesley, Larry Fast, Colin Moulding, Rick Wakeman (Yes), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra) and Geoff
Downes (Yes). No less !
V/A: The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft - A SyNphonic Collection. 3CD (FGBG 4914). Jan. 2013. An inspired and exciting musical journey through “weird fiction” as explored by twenty modern progressive rock bands from around the globe! Includes a gorgeous 64-page booklet. The performers:
+ CD1: 1. The Samurai of Prog - “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” 2. Glass Hammer - "Cool Air” 3. Karda Estra - "The Haunter of the Dark” 4. Unitopia - "The Outsider” 5. Simon Says - "The Wailing Wall”
+ CD2: 1. Jinetes Negros - "Hypnos” 2. Blank Manuskript - "Beast in the Cave” 3. La Coscienza Di Zeno - "Colofonia” 4. Guy Le Blanc - "Beyond the Wall of Sleep” 5. Ars Ephemera - "The Other Gods” 6. Attilio Perrone - "Topi nel Muro” 7. Ciccada - "The Statement of Randolph Carter” 8. Daccord - "The Doom that Came to Sarnath”
+ CD3: 1. Sithonia - "Il Gatti di Ulthar” 2. Daal - "The Call of the Cthulu” 3. Kate - "Dream-Quest to the Unknown Kadath” 4. Nexus - "The Colour out of Space” 5. Safara - "Calendimaggio” 6. Aether - "Mountains of Madness” 7. Goad (Bonus Track)
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Billy Bottle & The Multiple: Unrecorded Beam. Self release. Street date: 16/12/13. With certain Canterbury connotations, here's an album inspired by the poetry of the American writer and ecologist, Henry Thoreau. With one foot in jazz and the other in rock, the music presents itself like a mini-epic suite, with some top-notch vocalists guesting, such as Kate Westbrook and Jay Darlington (Kula Shaker) amongst others. Definitely a fresh input, it is already available as download at Bandcamp and will also be available as physical CD in February (with an eight-page booklet lovingly illustrated by Becky Bettesworth, liner notes by Neil Saunders and full lyrics.
Caravan: Paradise Filter. Pledge Music. Dec. 2013. Their first studio album since 2003! Ten years ago, triggering maybe therefore ten tracks, with the same line up seen/heard lately, Mark Walker being now the only drum voice after Richard Coughlan's death! The album definitely still has a Caravan sound, just version 2013! Geoffrey Richardson keeps surprising, this time through his guitar playing, while also being the lead singer on his own tunes (he is bizarrely not credited for this, just backing bocals!)
Robert Wyatt: '68. Cuneiform Records (RUNE 375). Oct. 2013. In September, 1968, the Soft Machine had just finished their second, exhaustive tour of the USA supporting the Jimi Hendrix Experience. At the conclusion of the tour, vocalist/drummer/multi-instrumentalist Robert Wyatt stayed, working on recordings in Hollywood and New York City. Upon Robert's return to England, these documents lay forgotten... Now, for the first time, all four of the recordings Robert made in '68 are collected together and released, all carefully worked on and presented in the best possible sound quality – and the recorded sound here is surprisingly excellent overall! The bulk of the material - the two long suites - were later re-recorded by the Soft Machine; Rivmic Melodies later became the basis of side one on Volume II (1969) and Moon In June showed up as Robert's showcase on Third (1970).
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Magma: Mythes et Légendes Epok V. DVD. Seventh Records (SEVENTH VD8). Release date: 06/05/13. New episode in the saga of recordings at the French club Le Triton, here from June 30th to July 2nd, 2011. Featuring the current line-up and the newcomers, Hervé Aknin on vocals and percussion, Bruno Ruder on Fender Rhodes. NTSC all regions, about two hours running time.
Setna: Guérison. Soleil Zeuhl (SZ37). This is the 2nd CD of the band, maybe in a more progressive style than their first. A lot of mellotron and moog around (the latter played by Benoît Widemann - one of the cult musicians from Magma during their mid 70's peak). With wordless vocals by Yannick Duchene (frontman of another Soleil Zeuhl band, Neom), Setna explores here the bright side of Zeuhl, in an almost symphonic way - 4 tracks ranging from 10 to 26 minutes (!) + 2 short bonus tracks from the recording sessions. No doubt, a future classic!
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Dewa Budjana: Dawai In Paradise. Moonjune Records (MJR052). 2013. Dewa Budjana's fifth solo album, Dawai In Paradise, explores his vast, diverse array of guitar stylings in a host of fresh, powerful, intriguing musical settings. A showcase of astounding, brilliant music is performed by a host of great musicians - including drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steps Ahead) and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy (Bela Fleck & The Flectones), the renowned Indonesian jazz keyboardist and producer Indra Lesmana, celebrated pianist Ade Irawan, one of the most talented Indonesian jazz drummers Sandy Winarta, and the late legendary jazz bassist, Dave Carpenter - with proceedings decorated beautifully by the Bali native's masterful strokes and deft touch.
Fromuz: Sodom And Gomorrah. Reinterpreting the Biblical tale of “Sodom and Gomorrah” as a conceptual foundation, this album tells the story of our modern world, ravaged by global addictions and vice that can only be remedied through a change from within the very heart of the human condition. This concept is conveyed through the well-established passion and incendiary musicianship that has become the hallmark of Fromuz. This is modern progressive rock at its very finest. Fromuz originally performed this material live over the course of three years, starting in 2004, actively working with the Youth Theater in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, performing “Sodom and Gomorrah” not only on stage there, but also at prestigious theater festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia, the International Chekhov Festival (Moscow, Russia) and more. The band recorded the soundtrack during this timeframe, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the decision was made to return to those tracks - editing, mixing, and mastering them for an official release.
Nemrud: Ritual. Musea Parallèle (MP 3273). June 2013. Even if this band is from Turkey, they develop an English type of progressive rock of the highest quality. One might even be reminded of Eloy's Ocean opus...
SimakDialog: The 6th Story. Moonjune Records (MJR056). Street date: 10/08/13. New album from the Indonesian band, still mixing their gamelan roots with modern Western fusion jazz; the band continues to push the musical envelope, leaping boldly into places progressive music has never ventured, and few would be brave - or skilled enough - to even consider attempting. From the flowing, sensitive, unpredictable-yet-wonderfully-articulate passages due to keyboardist Riza Arshad to the world-class guitar stylings of phenomena Tohpati, and without forgetting the solid foundation beneath their dense, weaving foreground musings, provided by three seasoned percussionists, SimakDialog keeps revealing a spirit of pioneering excellence!
PTF: Percept From ... Musea Parallèle (MP 3263 ). March 2013. You cannot believe this is their debut album! PTF is a "violin-lead progressive rock band" from Japan. They are already known in their home country for their expressiveness at live performances and the perfection level of their songs. Violin, keyboards, bass and drum, no guitar, sorry boys!
The Worm Ouroboros: Of Things That Never Were. Fading Records (FAD011). Sept. 2013. After Rational Diet and Five Storey Ensemble, here's another band from Belarus in AltrOck’s catalog. Very close to classic prog field, characterized by vintage sounds , they remind us of bands such as King Crimson, Van der Graaf, Jethro Tull and the Canterbury scene with a slight touch of craziness. Nevertheless this album reveals a distinctive freshness and originality by means of melodic and rhythmic constructions, spreading in many directions but in a consistent and convincing way. The result is a brilliant debut that allows the listeners to live an exciting experience! The band’s name comes out from a novel published by the English writer Eric Rücker Eddison.
Yuka & Chronoship: Dino Rocket Oxygen. Musea Parallèle (MP 3271). May 2013. Fantastic Japanese quartet formed in 2009 by keyboardist Yuka Funakoshi. This, their second album, offers three philosophical epics and mixes symphonic rock, jazz-rock, new-age and ethnic music in an irresistible way. Highly melodic and lyrical, the music always open a myriad of small hidden doors where recurrent themes, astute rhythm switches and sound effects surprise the listeners and bring them where they didn't expect to come. Yeah, the Chronoship bit really applies perfectly and they take care of you ... and your ears!
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Algèbre: Topologie d'un Manège. Great Winds (GW 3163). Oct. 2013. Founded by musician and composer François Cotinaud and built for this purpose as an equation in three factors and two unknowns, this French trio invites for this chamber and experimental music Bruno Chevillon (double-bass), and the two drummers François Merville and Denis Charolles. Their music draw parabols, holograms, algorithms like timber flowers. To be discovered !
Amnesiac Quartet: Tribute to Radiohead Vol 2. Great Winds (GW 3166). Sept. 2013. Here is a group dedicated solely to the music of Radiohead. Halfway between jazz and progressive rock, they perform a music all at once strong,
refined and organic. We find in the band Magma alumni and drummer Antoine Paganotti.
Jacob Anderskov: Impressions of Radiohead. Ilk(ILK220DIG). Street date: 10/03/14. The Danish piano delivers solo on piano his impressions of a band that did have a compositional influence on him.
Billy Bang: Da Bang! Tum Records (TUMCD 034). 2013. Da Bang! was recorded in February 2011, just two months before the master violinist Billy Bang (1947-2011) succumbed to cancer. In this final session, the Billy Bang Group featured one extended composition by Bang, "Daydreams," as well as other compositions by some of Bang's favorite musicians, including Barry Altschul, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Big: Apokálupsis. Great Winds (GA 8699). May 2013. Here's pure energy Drum N' Bass, bringing the listener back to the original pulse, reminding us that music is a matter of breathing and life above all. Behind the project are drummer Edward Perraud (a name probably recognized by prog-rock afficionados and associated to the French dark band Shub-Niggurath) and bassist Frédérick Galiay.
Bittová / Riley / Ziporyn: Eviyan Fire. Victo (VIC 126). Jan. 2014. Recorded on May 16th at Victoriaville's 29th international festival of Musique Actuelle in Canada. The trio allies clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, founder of the Bang On A Can All-Stars orchestra, to Czech violinist Iva Bittová (who previously also recorded with the orchestra) and guitarist Gyan Riley, the son of a certain ... Terry!
Richard Bonnet / Tony Malaby / Antonin Rayon / Tom Rainey : Warrior. Marge 53. Jan. 2014. Digipack. Recorded at the New York studio John Kilgore Sound & Recording on October 13th 2013, this is a French / US project, with Malaby on both tenor and soprano sax, Antonin Rayon on Hammond organ.
Billy Bottle & The Multiple is probably a name you never heard of! This is basically the work of multi-instrumentist Lee Fletcher (producing, mixing and mastering, all vocals, keyboards, organ, violin and additional bass) with significant help by Kate Westbrook and Jay Darlington (Kula Shaker) amongst others. The new album "Unrecorded Beam" is filled with delightful surprises and a certainly pertinent listening for Canterbury fans! The street date for the digital download is December 16th, 2013 (check out Bandcamp!) but a physical CD can also be pre-ordered for later release. It features an eight-page booklet lovingly illustrated by Becky Bettesworth, with liner notes by Neil Saunders and full lyrics. It will also include an immediate download of the 9-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
Peter Bruun: Unintended Consequences. Ilk (ILK212LP). Street date: 09/09/13. Released on LP and only in 100 copies, this album by the Danish drummer is initiating the label's new vinyl series, where only 100 numbered LP copies of each release are available, no download or CD's. All with handwritten linernotes, titel & artist. "Incredibly slow and without intentions" is the formula of Bruun's new compositions, using graphical, dynamic and melodic guidelines as a starting point for improvisation and form creation. "Incredibly slow": through repetition and stagnation the music delves into the instrument and into simple dynamic possibilities. This brings focus to the slightest changes. A little becomes a lot. "Without intentions": the compositions provide merely a framework for the music in time, motive, idea, sound, tone rows, rhythmic and dynamic focus.
Dewa Budjana : Joged Kahyangan. Moonjune Records (MJR059). Fusing elements of Dewa's Indonesian roots with advanced melodic and harmonic sensibilities and intricate-yet-subtle organic arrangements, Joged Kahyangan, once again, showcases the multifaceted character of Budjana's extraordinary talents as a composer and arranger, as well as a world-class guitarist; and the album is boasting a stellar lineup of modern jazz icons: Larry Goldings (Hammond organ, acoustic piano), Bob Mintzer (tenor & soprano sax, bass clarinet), Jimmy Johnson (bass guitar), Peter Erskine (drums) and vocalist Janis Siegel on one track.
Dewa Budjana featuring Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta: Surya Namaskar. Moonjune Records (MJR063). Street date: April 15, 2014. This third album for Moonjune paints the ongoing portrait of a guitarist who may be a superstar in the Indonesian pop-rock world as a founding member of the multi-million selling Gigi but whose lesser-known credibility and, more importantly, visibility as a jazz guitarist is slowly but surely on the ascendance, as more and more international progressive jazz fans discover the depth, the heart and the profound spirituality of Dewa Budjana, at fifty a new guitar hero of strength, creativity and significance.
Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: Navajo Sunrise. Rudi Records (RRJ1016). 2013. Daniel Carter's relaxed phrasing moves naturally between Parker's earthly bass sound and Ughi's sensitive drumming. This trio's music seems to be possessed by a light and welcoming spirit. A constant flux of energy, a three way dialogue consumed within the time and space of one breath. Telling the story of the trio's origins, the musicians talk about dreams and desires while the body of this music takes shape within the human connection of the band's relationship which has grown over time, through meetings, travel and concerts.
Sylvain Cathala Trio: Flow And Cycle. Connexe Records. April 2013. With Sarah Murcia on acoustic bass and drummer Christophe Lavergne, the French saxophonist and member of Print has in his hands a powerful trio, able to have the most complex things feel simple and natural, from polyrythmic patterns to harmonic constructions. Add a fine writing, a perfect control of sound and phrasing, a sharp sense of improvisation and you end with an urban music that definitely redefine many musical aspects with a powerful sensibility and fluidity!
Théo Ceccaldi Trio + 1: Can You Smile? Ayler Records (aylCD-136). The 1 added to the trio is French bass player Joëlle Léandre, invited to join the trio and sparks new energy and colours. Still remaining a string affair, the instrumentation also expands, as Guillaume Aknine shifts this time between electric and acoustic guitar, while Théo Ceccaldi adds viola to his usual violin playing. But more than a one-off, this meeting does bring the sound and feeling of a real band.
Miles Davis: Jazz Track. Doxy (DOK 224LP). LP+CD. Street date: 19/09/13. Originally released in 1958, Jazz Track is comprised of two distinct sessions. Side 1 features Miles' brilliantly improvised soundtrack to the Louis Malle noir classic Ascenseur pour l'échafaud while side 2 is a 1958 NYC session featuring that includes the unreal band of John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb - the very first recordings from the band that would go on to make Kind Of Blue the following year. The bonus CD includes two bonus tracks taken from the same session as side 2 of the LP
Nils Davidsen: Noget At Glæde Sig Til. ILK Music. Nils Davidsen is a known face on the Danish jazz scene. He was recenty nominated for a Danish Music Award in the category Best Jazz Album 2013 for the album Zone Bleue - a duo album with the danish trumpeter Kasper Tranberg. During the fall of 2013 Nils Davidsen has been working on a very personal project, a solo bass album and as the title says: Something to look forward to!
Marc Ducret: Tower, vol.3. Ayler Records (aylCD-120). June 2013. Recorded in Paris in December 2012, this is the last chapter of the Tower series (yes, vol. 4 was released before 3) and whereas the quintet from volume 1 and the quartet from volume 2 played selected pieces from the Tower 'repertoire', this ensemble - a sextet - plays comments on the music already played, either in the form of rewritten fragments or developments of excerpts/patterns, that give the music from the other two bands a new light, delivering all the harmonic or rhythmic keys to compositions previously heard in a radically different form. Very astute!
Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco: Tribute to Coltrane. Slam Productions (SLAMCD 292). Street date: 05/07/13. One year after a first album also dedicated to Coltrane, the saxophonist and the drummer met again at the same venue to record the present album and delve deeper into the Coltrane repertoire. It's more than probable that the two sets must be taken together as an expression of Dunmall's lifelong love and appreciation of the music and spirit of Coltrane.
Hubert Dupont: Jasmim. Ultrack (UTK 1002). 2013. The French bass player, inspired by the revolution of the Arabic Spring, comes here with an already much praised album, whose musical thread would be words like reuniting or bringing together. To this purpose, he has invited a talented Syrian flutist – Naïssam Jalal, a famous Parisian sax player – Denis Guivarc’h, a fantastic Brazilian guitarist – Nelson Veras and an oriental magician of percussion – Youssef Hbeisch. The poetic dream of reunited Mediterranean countries has started!
Scott Fields & Jeffrey Lependorf : Everything Is in the Instructions. Ayler Records (aylCD-135). Scott Fields is a leading guitarist and composer in avant-jazz and New Music. Jeffrey Lependorf is a composer of contemporary chamber music and opera. He is also a certified master of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, and has helped create a new repertoire of music for this ancient instrument. In Everything is in the instructions, they perform new works for guitar and shakuhachi that combine written and improvised material. Don’t look for anything related to so-called ‘world music’ or some new agey concept here. This is the exciting combination of two major musical personalities, and definitely music for the 21st century, where sound, silence and structures are masterly entwined to create something entirely new and original. Recorded at Topaz Studios, Köln, Germany on October 20th, 2012.
Free-Dot: Just Flux. Slam Productions (SLAMCD 543). Jan. 2013. Free-Dot project is a space in which musical and cultural boundaries are broken, and opportunities of artistic dialogue are wide open. It aims at exploring sound and its resonating relationship with silence, creating sonic landscapes and tone colours sparked by the meeting of musical instruments of diverse cultural background. Improvisation is at the centre of Free-Dot's projects. Free-Dot is an Italian duo composed of Antonio Cotardo ( flutes, voice, bells, piano) and Paolo Pacciolla (drums, berimbao, mbira, voice, Jew's harp, household percussion, piano).
Satoko Fujii: Gen Himmel (Libra 201-033). USA release in August 2013. This is the third CD of Satoko Fujii solo piano music.
Satoko Fujii New Trio: Spring Storm (Libra 203-034). The new trio of pianist Satoko Fujii with double bass player Todd Nicholson and drummer Takasi Itani.
Joan Garrobé: Música Infidel. Bebyne Records (CDB 010). Release date: April 1st, 2013. With an impressive solo career already behind him, guitarist Joan Garrobé delivers here a trio recording with Jordi Camp on double bass and
Lluís Ribalta on drums & percussion. The atmosphere of the album is elegant and tasty, highlighting a very natural sound of the acoustic guitar. The trio sounds compact and fresh and the original songs and arrangements make every minute a total pleasure to the ears. The great Carles Benavent plays electric bass on “Guindilla”, his original composition and another guest is also featured, percussionist David Casamitjana
Dennis González Yells At Eels featuring Aakash Mittal: Colorado at Clinton. Ayler Records (aylCD-133). Sept. 2013. Recorded in Dallas, Texas, USA on September 5 & October 14, 2011. This is the fourth recording by Yells At Eels to be released on Ayler Records, this time focusing on the rediscovered childhood's friendship that united for years alt saxophonist Aakash Mittal and drummer Stefan González, before their respective lives would bring them far from each other for another long bunch of years, until this meeting.
David Haney: Day For Night At Jack Straw. Slam Productions (SLAMCD 541). Jan. 2013. Recorded 8 years apart in the same studio, here are two sessions with pianist David Haney as anchorman. The first three tracks showcase a rare chance encounter and the only meeting of the trio comprising Haney and the two great jazz veterans Julian Priester and bass player Buell Neidlinger. On the remaining three tracks, recorded 8 years later in 2008, Haney leads a sextet of early members of the Primitive Art Ensemble. Day for Night relates to cinematographic techniques for creating illusions of darkness.
Healing Unit: Music to Run and Shout. Hôte Marge 09. 2013. Studio recording by pianist and vibraphonist Paul Wacrenier and his quintet. Modern post bop music in a classic format: trumpet & sax front line, piano, bass & drums.
I Giganti Della Montagna: L'Arsenale delle Apparizioni. Slam Productions (SLAMCD548). Street date: 13-01-14. First album by a trio founded in 2012 by Sicilian saxophonist and composer Ferdinando D'Urso with pianist Lorenzo Paesani and cellist Federico Sconosciuto. The music played by this trio blends elements from Western art music, improvised music, jazz and Sicilian folk music. The goal is to achieve that perfect mix that could be called - in Gunther Schuller's words - Third Stream!
I Know You Well Miss Clara: Chapter One. Moonjune Records (MJR057). Here is an experimental jazz quartet, formed in the summer of 2010 and hailing from Jogjakarta, Indonesia. With such wide-ranging influences as Soft Machine, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Allan Holdsworth, Ornette Coleman, Matching Mole, and many more, the group continues to break new ground as it discovers and defines its musical identity. Within the classic format of guitar / keyboards / bass & drums, they worked óut a music that is dark and foreboding, mysterious, suspenseful and unpredictable: their creations are a breath of fresh air for a genre clamoring desperately for such sincerity.
Kaze: Tornado. Circum Libra Records 202. June 2013. This is the second release by the quartet of Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura with French trumpeter Christian Fruvost and drummer Peter Orins.
Lake / Tchicai / Osgood / Westergaard: S/T. Passin' Thru (PTR 41224). Culled from a concert during a tour in Denmark in 2003, this album associates Oliver Lake (alto sax and poetry) to the late saxophonist John Tchicai, backed by the young Danish *rhythm team* of Kresten Osgood on drums and Jonas Westergaard on bass.
Søren Kjærgaard: Syvmileskridt. Ilk (ILK215LP). Released as digital download and on a high-end limited edition vinyl (300 copies). Purchase of the vinyl includes album download codes for both mp3 and high resolution audio files. Furthermore, the purchase gives access to more than 30 minutes of exclusive bonus material from the session (the C-sides) which include alternative takes and improvs. The bonus tracks are recorded, mixed and mastered with the same care for detail as the album, and downloads are also available in both mp3 and high resolution audio files (WAV). Syvmileskridt was recorded at the legendary analog recording studio, Sear Sound in New York City, under the auspices of sound engineer James Farber. All the material (album and C-sides) is mixed to and mastered from 1/2’’ analog tape at 30 ips. This is the 4th album by Danish pianist Søren Kjærgaard's cross-Atlantic trio, featuring drummer Andrew Cyrille (US) and bassist Ben Street (US). Where the previous album looked into various nuances of silence and stillness, Syvmileskridt is more an album of movement. An initial inspiration for the album was the act of walking - whether it be a slow gait or a gallop - and how walking implies both repetition and variation: the cyclicality of a moving body, step by step, through a landscape of changing surroundings!
François Lemonnier et Raphaël Lemonnier: Come Again. Blue Marge 1015. December 2013. Duo trombone-piano, recorded at the now reknown Studio La Buissonne in Pernes-les-Fontaines, Vaucluse, France.
The Liberators: Power Struggle. Record Kicks (RKX044). Nov. 2013. Born in an unused factory space in urban Sydney, The Liberators – a compelling 10-piece Afrofunkjazz steamroller – have relentlessly pushed their sound to become leaders in the Australian Afrobeat resurgence. With their second album “Power Struggle”, The Liberators have gone deeper and darker into the polyrhythmic, horn-driven realms of Afrobeat, producing eight weighty songs worthy of fueling any revolution. With a maturing mix of jazz, latin, soul and funk, it’s obvious the sounds of fracturing world events echo throughout the album.
Light Trio: Giallo Italiano. This album is the synthesis of seven years by the Light Trio. The repertoire is picked from diverse origins, filtered by a slight sound, but of great emotional intensity. An eclectic music, intimate, but with "orchestral" and great rhythmic intensity that enhances the melodic composition that makes this album particularly "Italian". The songs are composed entirely by its leader and pay homage to both the language of jazz and Brazilian music.
Luís Lopes' Humanization 4tet: Live in Madison. Ayler Records (aylCD-134). Sept. 2013. Recorded live at Audio For The Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, USA on July 8th 2011. Formatted as digisleeve, this disc comes in a limited edition with a 12-page booklet of António Júlio Duarte's photos from the band's trip. Guitar and tenor sax share the front line.
Giancarlo Mazzu'/ Luciano TrojaLive at the Metropolitan Room NYC. Slam Productions (SLAMCD 545). Street date: 05/07/13. A programme of jazz standards for guitar and piano, given the duo's original treatment; the performance presents an original approach to the music and a tribute to the American Songbook through the personal background of the two musicians, the Italian melodic counterpoint, the spontaneous composition and the jazz tradition.
Søren Møller/Jesper Løvdal/Joel Frahm/Ari Hoenig: Lines Of Progression. Ilk Music (ILK218CD). Street date: 25/11/13. "Lines Of Progression" documents a trans-Atlantic collaboration between four musicians from New York and Copenhagen jazz communities. The result is an explorative pursuit by the quartet to find new ground for the traditional sound of the Hammond organ combo.
Nullstellensatz: S/T. Gazul (GA 8863). Oct. 2013. Here is an experimental band, formed in 2011 by guitarist Julien Abraham, trumpeter Jean-Pierre Soarez (ex Art Zoyd) and drummer Bernold Delgoda. The self-titled album constantly oscillates between structuration and deconstruction, where the sound,
regarded as a plastic material, allows more freedom. Free-jazz, no-wave, experimental and contemporary musics live together in a same space-time continuum, constantly evolving.
Linda Oh: Sun Pictures. Greenleaf Records (GRE 1032). Dec. 2013. Born in Malaysia of Chinese parents and raised in Australia, Lindah Oh lives now in New York and certainly is one of the *much spoken of* raising stars on bass. This is her third album, featuring Ben Wendel on saxophone, Aussie James Muller on guitar and Ted Poor on drums.
Oliver Lake Organ Trio: Makin' It. Passin' Thru (PTR 41225). Nov. 2013. With funk and bop on the same waves length, this first album from the trio is produced by the saxophonist's son (Jahi) and can't but remind of Larry Young's own trio for Blue Note in the 60's.
Oliver Lake Quintet: Talkin' Stick. Passin' Thru (PTR 41213). Nov. 2013. Reissue of an album recorded in 1997 with among other Geri Allen on piano and Jay Hoggard on vibraphone. To be rediscovered!
The Necks: Open. Rer Recommended (RER 0320). October 2013. This is the 17th album !!! by the Australian outfit, with only one piece slowly evolving and clocking just above one hour of music. Chris Abrahams plays both piano and keyboards. To be placed somewhere between Steve Reich and 70's electric Miles Davis spiced with some Tortoise
On Dog: Part 1 : Sloeblack. Ilk (ILK209CD). Nov. 2013. This unit is a two-engines machine. One - ILK is led by Danish guitarist Mark Solborg and the other - El Galo Rojo - by saxophonist and clarinetist Francesco Bigoni. Kind of a free chamber music, the project is characterized by an inventive modernity, never complying into the type of narcissistic outburts often associated to post free music. They equally evoke Jimmy Giuffre and guitarist Marc Ducret!
Kresten Osgood: Pianoalbummet. Ilk (ILK214CD). Street date: 23/09/13. After stamps, this new thematic album deals with the drummer's rememberings of his childhood piano. Osgood plays most instruments on Pianoalbummet, but has been helped by his closest friends. Bass parts and horn parts are performed by respectively Thomas Vang (who also has recorded music) and Jesper Løvdal. In addition, Magnus Jochumsen recorded some percussion and Prins Nitram plays rhythm guitar on one track.
Emanuele Parrini: Viaggio al Centro del Violino. Rudi Records (RRJ1015). 2013. In this disc we hear Parrini’s passion for the masters of jazz who had to invent a vocabulary and almost a new grammar for this instrument, from Stuff Smith to Billy Bang and above all to Leroy Jenkins, to whom the Requiem della Suite is dedicated. And he goes to the heart of the violin, to its very nature of wood, metal and horsehair and he explores it, goes through it, reveals it, is seduced and enchanted by it, takes up the challenge without getting entangled and trapped in self-congratulatory virtuosity. Parrini is totally involved, he is inside the violin, his music communicates an immediate feeling of presence, of immanence, of necessary physicality. The album also includes a duo with viola player Paolo Botti, comrade, friend, colleague; their unisono in the themes tell of a common sensibility, a shared passion, a similar approach and an infinite love of jazz. The conclusion of the disc with its new rendering of a piece by William Parker, rather than being an arrival, is more the perfect point of departure for a journey that has only just begun!
Manu Pekar: Et Après ? Great Winds (GW 3162). April 2013. Guitarist and former member of the band with the impossible name, NPTOLQSIVRT, Manu Pekar aligns here nine compositions, genuinely fresh, reflecting the urban culture of our time, mixing groove and emotion. Along with Damien Prud'homme (Saxophone), Gautier Laurent (Double-bass) and Christian Mariotto (Drums), he displays a creative and energic music, drawing from blues roots and rock, as well as contemporary improvisation.
Hasse Poulsen & Richard Bonnet: Colors in Water and Steel. Hôte Marge 10. Jan. 2014. Guitar duo pairing French Richard Bonnet with the Danish guitarist, living since years in France. Free, totally improvised and showing a great creativity (many objects used to produce specific effects); interplay, reactivity and complementarity are key words here!
Xavi Reija: Resolution. Moonjune (MJR062). Street date: April 15, 2014. With this new trio, the Catalan drummer from Barcelona has chosen to construct a leaner sound machine that, through careful sharpening of the remaining weapons in the arsenal, has produced some of the finest post-rock avant jazz out there today. Muscular polyrhythmic grooves of propulsive drumming and Bernat Hernandez’ funk bass riffing lay the solid foundation for innovative guitar phrasings by Dusan Jevtovic which consider the space between the notes as significant as the notes themselves. And the notes? Elegantly played melodic jazz riffing and subtle volume pedalwork may ultimately yield to feedback and dissonance if the track calls for it. But the drum also waltzes. Delicate and thoughtful kit-work with deft guitar loops add texture and ambience to the sonic pallet making this trio feel more akin to a small orchestra scoring for some incredible film. There is an intelligence at work here – a painterly approach that enthusiastically seeks to redefine the sonic possibilities that the trio format can bring to the table.
Rusó Sala: Mar Endins. Blue Moon Records (BMCD 557). March 2013. This second album by Rusó Sala is the fruit of her collaboration with Italian jazz pianist Kekko Fornarelli, whom Paolo Fresu described as one of the most interesting young pianists from the current scene. The ten originals in “Mar Endins” are the perfect combination of personality, jazz, and Mediterranean music, a unique style with deep, poetical undertones. Rusó’s limpid voice exudes articulateness
and sensibility in a unique style that she uses to communicate and project her songs, be they melancholic ballads or lively, happy-tempoed tunes. Kekko Fornarelli’s versatile arrangements for quartet dress Rusó Sala’s compositions with subtle intensity, bringing out the color in them, and making this album a small gem full of brilliance and emotion.
Yochk'o Seffer: From New York to Budapest. 2CD Great Winds (GW 3157). March 2013. This double CD presents some own compositions and a few tunes related to and/or composed by John Coltrane. Mostly in company of old musical brother François Causse on percussions and with the young pianist Sébastien Lovato, Seffer plays either on sax, taragot or piano. Laurent Matheron guests on soprano saxophone in a pair of tracks.
Esmond Selwyn: Follow That. Slam Productions (SLAMCD 240). Street date: 13-01-14. This is the reissue of a quartet album led by guitarist Esmond Selwyn, originally released in 2000, sold out some years ago but with such an ensuing demand that it is coming to life again. With Paul Sawtell on piano, Bill Coleman on bass and Robin Jones on drums, the quartet presents a programme of 5 standards alongside 4 original themes by Selwyn and Sawtell
Esmond Selwyn: Renegade. Slam Productions (SLAMCD 291). Jan. 2013. Recorded at Wrexham Jazz Club in November 2002. Here is another recently rediscovered quartet live recording, now presented on a double CD.
Wadada Leo Smith & Tumo: Occupy the World. Tum Records (TUMCD 037-2). 2013. While the trumpeter doesn't need any introduction, so does Tumo, a new improvising orchestra made up of leading improvisers in Finland and the Nordic region. The 22-piece orchestra performs five extended compositions by Smith, including "Occupy The World For Life, Liberty and Justice", his most extensive recorded composition to date, originally inspired by the Occupy movement. The four other compositions included on this double CD were also recorded here for the first time.
Stork. This is an orchestra gathered in the spring of 2010 by Simon Toldam, choosing some of the best and most original musicians on the vibrant danish Jazz/Avantgarde-scene. They released their self titled debut album in 2011. Now Simon Toldam's Orchestra is back in the studio and will release their second album i April 2014 as a part of the ILK White Label Series, a new vinyl series where only 100 numbered LP copies of each release are available, no download or CD's. All with handwritten linernotes, titel & artist. Stork's new album will be the second release in the White Label Series.
Szilárd Mezei International Improvisers Ensemble: Karszt. 2CD Slam Productions (SLAMCD 550). Street date: 13-01-14. This is Mezei's biggest project - two and a half hours of music by 23 international musicians recorded in Novi Sad, Serbia, January 2012. Mezei in complete control with baton and viola, conducting a majestic performance!
Natsuki Tamura: Dragon Nat (Libra 101-032). USA release in August. This is the third CD of Natsuki Tamura solo trumpet music.
John Taylor: In Two Minds. CAM Jazz (CAMJ 7868-5). New solo album! Street date: 14/01/14. This is a concise album, in which Taylor bares himself, revealing two sides of his personality: his innermost, quiet and introspective side as opposed to his more lively, vivid, and cheerful side. But he also uses two pianos, maybe therefore the allusion in the title!
Trio Fatal: Space Way Messengers. Hôte Marge 07. April 2013. Recorded in Sweden in 2012, this is the trio of Biggi Vinkeloe (alt sax and flute), French trombone player François Lemonnier and Finnish drummer Peeter Uuskyla
The Unusual History of Ether: A Distant Age. ILK (ILK216CD). Street date: 02/09/13. This 2nd album covers a wide musical and philosophical terrain and crosses many borders in the process. The band has taken the dramatic undertones of their first EP (2012's "Part One") and has brought them to the fore with an intense new energy, producing grooves that are tightly wound with threads of dark pop melody. Let's remind you that the basis of this project is the songwriting partnership of Irish singer, keyboardist and songwriter Rebecca Collins and Danish jazz guitarist and composer Mikkel Ploug.
Travelling Tribes will release on Ilk in April 2014 their second album in collaboration with the Gamelan Orchestra, bringing the Indonesian music tradition into their sonic universe
John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2. Tzadik (TZ 8312). Jan. 2014. This is the second volume dedicated to music played by Zorn on church organ; it was recorded in September 2013, at the occasion of his 60th birthday, in St. Paul's church, Columbia university.
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Benny Bailey & Phil Woods : The Candid Recordings “Big Brass” & “Rights of Swing” (FSR 746). Feb. 2013. This memorable pairing of trumpeter Benny Bailey’s Big Brass and altoist Phil Woods’ Rights of Swing unites two albums which illustrate the virtues and the possibilities of the hard bop idiom. Made within months of each other (November 25, 1960 and January 26 + February 10 1961), they share largely the same brilliant players, but use them somewhat differently to achieve outstanding results. For Big Brass Bailey had a blowing septet that included Woods, pianist Tommy Flanagan and French hornist Julius Watkins, and a programme mostly of originals, including pieces by Quincy Jones and Oliver Nelson. Rights of Swing is even better, an ambitious, unfailingly inventive, five-part suite composed and arranged by Woods, with the same group, with minor changes, expanded to an octet that included trombonists Curtis Fuller and baritonist Sahib Shihab.
Arnett Cobb: “Party Time” + “More Party Time” + “Movin’ Right Along” (FSR 726). Jan. 2013. 3 LPs on 2CDs. With the first album recorded in 1959 and the two other the following year, we're reaching here sessions by a tenor saxophonist who has come roaring out of Lionel Hampton’s band. They are unpretentious sessions amid congenial, inventive company, including some of the most accomplished and soulful pianists around, Ray Bryant, Tommy Flanagan and Bobby Timmons
Duke Ellington: Meets John Coltrane & Coleman Hawkins (FSR 749). Feb. 2013. Another twofer whose reason to be can be discussed; this CD gathers the two albums "Duke Ellington & John Coltrane" + "Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins", both recorded in 1962. The meeting with Coltrane was with in quartet while the one with Hawkins involved Ellington's octet
Art Farmer Benny Golson’s Jazztet: “Here & Now” + “Another Git Together” + “Plays John Lewis” (FSR 755). Feb. 2013. This 2CD gathers the entire output of this successful cult band, including as bonus the takes made for their singles!
The Don Friedman Trio: “A Day in the City - Six Jazz Variations on a Theme” + "Circle Waltz" (FSR 760). Feb. 2013. Recorded respectively at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, June 12, 1961 and at Plaza Sound Studios, N.Y.C., May 14, 1962. The trio included bass player Chuck Israels and drummer Joe Hunt, the latter being replaced on the sencond album by Pete La Roca.
Stan Getz: “Jazz Samba” + “Big Band Bossa Nova” (FSR 753). Feb. 2013. The usual 24-bit remastered 2LPs on 1 CD ... To "Jazz Samba", the classic album featuring guitarist Charlie Byrd, has been added the single version of Desafinado. On top of the two albums is also one bonus track: Theme from “Dr. Kildare” (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight), where Getz is accompanied by an unidentified orchestra.
Stan Getz Quartet: at Birdland 1961 (FSR 741). Feb. 2013. Recorded at Birdland in 1961 with Steve Khun on piano, Roy Haynes on drums and Jimmy Garrison on bass. With Getz then at a sublime peak of emotional and intellectual balance allied to unfailingly melodic inventiveness, the quartet explored a stimulating program of jazz standards and ballads with a gripping blend of strength, delicacy and subtly nuanced dynamics.
Terry Gibbs Big Band!: The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band! + Explosion! (FSR 742). Feb. 2013. 2 LPs recorded live at The Summit, Hollywood, in January and April 1961. The big band featured mostly West Coast players and the album represents indisputably one of the best big band efforts in Terry Gibbs’ illustrious history as a top jazzman and band leader.
Benny Golson Quartet: “Turning Point” + “Free” (FSR 750). Feb. 2013. The usual 24-bit remastered 2LPs on 1 CD ... both albums recorded in 1962 with two differenet quartets (Kelly/Chambers/Cobb or Flanagan/Carter/Taylor).
Johnny Griffin Orchestra: “The Big Soul-Band” + “White Gardenia” (FSR 723). Jan. 2013. Recorded in 1960 & 61, those two albums were recordings for large ensembles and features arrangements byNorman Simmons and Melba Liston. The list of great names would be too long to write but let's pick the unusual presence of Pat Patrick (from Sun Ra's Arkestra).
Coleman Hawkins: Alive! At the Village Gate 1962. 2CD (FSR 756). Feb. 2013. Recorded at the Village Gate, New York, August 13 & 15, 1962. 2 LPs on one CD. On the second Hawkins shared the front line with trumpetist Roy Eldridge and saxophonist Johnny Hodges
Coleman Hawkins Quintet: The Crown Sessions “Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra” & “The Hawk Swings” (FSR 743). Feb. 2013. Two albums recorded in New York City in 1960 and featuring trumpetist Thad Jones as counterpart to Hawkins in the horn section.
Milt Jackson: Quintet & Sextet with Lucky Thompson (FSR 730). Jan. 2013. Recorded in 1956 and 1957, featuring The Savoy “house” rhythm section of Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke, one of the best integrated teams in the history of recorded jazz, and in action on most of these performances.
The Jazz Crusaders: “Freedom Sound” + “Lookin’ Ahead” (FSR 751). Feb. 2013. The usual 24-bit remastered 2LPs on 1 CD ... both albums respectively recorded on May 24, 1961 and January 7 & 19, 1962. The bass player on both albums was at that time Jimmy Bond. Freedom Sound also featured on two tracks guitarist the rather unknown Roy Gaines
Herbie Mann: Do the Bossa Nova with Herbie Mann - Complete Brazilian Sessions (FSR 752). Feb. 2013. The main body of this CD set consists of the 8 tracks recorded in 1962 with Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio, to which have been added 5 more tracks from the same period but other meetings: 3 tracks with Baden Powell, one with Bossa Tres, with drummer Edison Machado and finally one track conceived for the occasion, with a 17-piece percussion group recruited from the “Escola de Samba”.
Les Mccann: “Sings” + “Pretty Lady”(FSR 757). Feb. 2013. The first album revealed the pianist as a vocalist with something to say and mixed trio tracks with other for large ensemble, distinguished by the musicality and presence arranger and conductor Gerald Wilson. On "Pretty Lady", we're back to trio and the prevailing mood is a quiet, late-night,
reflective one. Both albums were recorded in 1961.
Les Mccann Ltd.: “Plays The Shampoo at the Village Gate” + “In New York” (FSR 754). Feb. 2013. The usual 24-bit remastered 2LPs on 1 CD ... both albums recorded live at the Village Gate in 1961. Both are a testimony of the tightly-knit trio
McCann had forged with bass player Herbie Lewis and drummer Ron Jefferson. The second album had the
serendipitous addition of blowers Blue Mitchell (trumpet) and Stanley Turrentine (saxophone)
Carmen Mcrae: Sings "Lover Man" and other Billie Holiday Classics & Dave Brubeck's Compositions (FSR 740). Feb. 2013. 2 LPs are gathered here, recorded in New York in 1961. The "Billie Holliday" album features among other cornetist Nat Adderley, the other session the Dave Brubeck Quartet, with the guesting visit on one track of trimpeter & vocalist Louis Armstrong
Thelonious Monk Quartet: “Two Hours with Thelonious” European Concerts (FSR 745). Feb. 2013. 24 Bit digitally
remastered, 2 Lps On 2 Cds. This double CD covers the entire concerts at “L’Olympia”, Paris, April 18, 1961 (CD 1 #1-10 & CD
2 #1 & 2) and at “Teatro Lirico”, Milan, April 21, 1961 (CD 2 #3-10). If Charlie Rouse seems the pianist’s alter ego, bass player John Ore and druummer Frankie Dunlop reacted beautifully and supplied a solid rhythm support throughout.
Oliver Nelson: "Meet Oliver Nelson" + "Main Stem” (FSR 732). Jan. 2013. Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 30, 1959, the first album featured trumpetist Kenny Dorham as battle partner on the first line, while on the second album Joe Newman had this privilege; “Meet Oliver Nelson” marked the leader recording debut of Oliver Nelson as tenor saxophonist.
Buddy Rich and His Buddies: Playtime (FRS 724). Jan. 2013. This 2CD set includes the album, recorded in Chicago in 1960 but also an unissued Argo album recorded at Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago, around January 1961. It also includes eight bonus tracks from a NBC radio broadcast in October 1961. Let's note the presence (on Playtime and the NBC broadcast) of a young vibist who later would achieve fame: Mike Mainieri!
Sonny Rollins & Co.: “The Bridge” featuring Jim Hall - Complete 1962 Sessions (FSR 748). Feb. 2013. This packaging is a bit awkward, as it couples on top of the entire Bridge album only 4 of the 6 tunes making the album What's Next, recorded a few monthes later.
Frank Wess & Thad Jones Septets: Opus De Blues (FSR 727). Jan. 2013. Recorded at Englewood Cliffs, N.J., December 8, 1959. Also featuring trombone player Curtis Fuller
Richard Williams Leo Wright Quintets: “New Horn In Town” + “Blues Shout” (FSR 729). Jan. 2013. Those two albums on one CD were recorded in 1960 and feature the leader recording premieres of trumpeter Richard Williams and reedman Leo Wright, whose emergence created quite a stir on the late Fifties jazz scene. Both played on each other’s debuts. Williams, whose power, range
and ideas had impressed hugely with the Oliver Nelson and Gigi Gryce groups, made his expected appearance as leader with “New Horn in Town”, while Wright, whose direct, exciting alto and flute were showcased when he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s quintet in 1959, debuted with “Blues Shout”.
Gerald Wilson Big Band: “You Better Believe It!” + “Moment of Truth” (FSR 759). Feb. 2013. Both albums were recorded in Los Angeles in 1962. The orchestra, made up of top West Coast men, generates a strong drive, plays cleanly and precisely,
and was blessed with fine soloists, with amongst them guitarist Joe Pass
Fresh Sound New Talents
AVANT GARDE / NEW MUSICS
Roberto Cacciapaglia: Sonanze. Mirumir (MIR100702LP). Feb. 2013. 180 Gr. vinyl LP + bonus CD of the album (with 15 bonus tracks!). Roberto Cacciapaglia is an influential member of the Italian avant-garde and has spent the last four decades blurring the lines between classical and electronic music, developing a sound that has never been restricted by genre. Sonanze was his debut album from 1975, a mix of electronic (Moog, synth) and classical instrumentation (guitar, oboe, trombone, clarinet) that was experimental in a *Kosmische* sense, but with the musical chops and superior vision of a classically trained musician. The bonus CD features 15 bonus tracks recorded between 1972-74, but not released until 2000.
Roberto Cacciapaglia: Sei Note In Logica. Mirumir (MIR100703LP). Feb. 2013. 180 Gr. vinyl LP + bonus CD of the album (with 2 bonus tracks). Cacciapaglia’s second LP dateds from 1979, a minimalist album that features one continual composition “for four voices, computer, and orchestral ensemble”, in the same vein as Fred Rzewski, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Unlike anything else coming out of Italy at the time, Cacciapaglia (who worked for Italy’s national Department of Phonology) was also quite advanced in his use of computer-based technology. A major influence on the likes of Jim O’Rourke and others of his ilk. The bonus CD features an acoustic version of the entire album!
Lili Refrain: Kawax. Subsound Records. CD & LP (SSR031CD / SD019). Feb. 2014. Third album for this guitarist, composer and performer based in Rome, Italy. Since 2007, she has a solo project in which she uses electric guitar, vocals and loops in real time, without using any computer or pre-recorded tracks. Her songs are created by overlapping sounds that combine minimalist repetition to folk, psychedelia, blues, rock, metal, lyrical opera and guitar virtuosity. Her masterful technique and her refined taste, lead the listener through the maze of an unforgettable act beyond the boundaries of any genre.
Sixth June: Pleasure. 12" Mannequin Records (MNQ045). Jan. 2014. Serbian duo Sixth June - Laszlo Antal, composer of all the tracks and daily an illustrator and music video director + Lidija Andonov, eitherway a professional actress - come with a fresh new 5 tracks 12" EP "Pleasure". They play minimal, industrial synthesized music – digging into the colder corners of the synthetic 80's for inspiration (Gary Numan, John Foxx, Depeche Mode). Limited edition of 500 copies.
João Gilberto: Bossa Nova! Doxy LP+CD (DOK 206). Feb. 2014. Reissue of the album from 1961, originally released as "João Gilberto".
João Gilberto: O Amor, O Sirriso E A Flor. Doxy LP+CD (DOK 201). Feb. 2014. Reissue of the album from 1960.
Naná Vasconcelos: 4 Elementos. Far Out Recordings (FARO177CD). Street date: 28/10/13. This new offering reveals Brazil’s most revered percussionist in his best form yet. Naná Vasconcelos creates and shapes sounds and ideas in his original compositions, with inventive and provocative results.
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Mária Majda Guessous: Örömes. New album of Hungarian, Turkish and Moroccan folk songs planned for 2013 by the half Hungarian - half Moroccan young talent.
Madhuwanti. Meeting of the Hungarian and Pakistani folk music. An album full of improvisation, recorded at the concert organised by the Hungarian Embassy in Islamabad with the participation of well known pakistani musicians Chand and Suraj Khan, Buksh Gullo, Salman Adil, Mohammad Ajmal Khan, Anil Saleem and their Hungarian colleague Katalin Burns, a folk singer whose endless enthousiasm for Hungarian and Eastern folk music made this magical project happen!
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Wisdoom, The: Hypothalamus. Heavy Psych Sounds (HPS015CD). Digipack. Street date: 13/02/14. The Wisdoom is a doom/sludge/heavy psych band based in Rome (Italy) and formed at the end of 2010. This is their first full length album, with 4 brand new songs for 45 minutes of pure ecstatic violence through a desperate and lysergic trip over sleep phases.
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3 Hür-El: Hür-El Arsivi. Guerssen (GUESS056). July 09. 2nd album that came out in 1976, still on the Diskötur label. It has a more Western feel than the previous; more drums, less percussions but still an astounding blend of psychedelic rock and Turkish tradition, plenty of distorted fuzz guitar and electric saz. Comes with an insert, with liner notes and photos.
3 Hür-El: S/T. Guerssen (GUESS057). July 09. One of the very few, if not the only one, Turkish groups not doing any covers but only self-penned compositions, here in their debut album from 1972. A brilliant set of Turkish ethno-influenced folk-rock tracks with a psychedelic feel, some great electric guitar and fantastic Eastern percussion. A very rare album now available again, with mastertape sound, insert, liner notes and photos.
A Piedi Nudi: Creazione (95). Mellow Records. Sent in May 08: last copies of this LP + EP by an Italian prog metal band which many have compared to Deus Ex Machina because of the numerous stop-and-go sections, the constant theme changes and the musical complexity. So don't wait too long! If you read this today, act today! €25
Abdul-Malik, Ahmed : Jazz Sahara. So Far Out (OUT5002LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. Feb. 2013. Decades before the advent of 'World Music', bassist-composer Ahmed Abdul-Malik introduced Arabic music into jazz, creating a distinct, unique sound that was far beyond its time. He was also the first to use the oud, a pear-shaped, traditional Middle Eastern stringed instrument similar to a lute, as a jazz instrument. Recorded in 1958, with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin (his bandmate in the Monk quartet), and originally out on the Riverside label, Abdul-Malik's debut solo album Jazz Sahara was a burning fusion of Middle East and West. €16
Abiogenesi: Io Sono Il Vampiro. Black Widow 180 gram LP (also available on CD). BWR088LP / BWR088CD. 4th album by Tony D'Urso, this album is the soundtrack of the italian horror movie "I am a Vampire" in the usual Dark Prog style but also exploring a more psychedelic touches with the addition of great cover versions of Never Let go (Camel), Lady in Black (Uriah Heep) and Mary Clark (Black Widow) and with the help of Marco Cimino (keys) and Gigi Venegoni (guitars) from the 70's Italian band Arti e Mestieri. Beautiful artwork made by Anna Ferrari in gatefold cover. (LP €18 & CD €17)
Agorà: Live in Montreux. Vinyl Magic (VM 086LP). 13/07/12. Founded in Ancona, Agorà curiously debuted with a live album instead of a studio one; music, as specified in the album notes, is clearly inspired by Weather Report, but the influence of their country fellowmen Perigeo is evident too. The artwork, made by Cesare Monti, is very peculiar too, with a front standing-up edge-cut tree. This is a faithful reproduction, in black audiophile 180gr. black vinyl.
Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale : S/T. LDM (LDM1). Street date: 11/10/11. 180 Gr. vinyl reissue of an album from 1978, also including a 60 x 90 poster and insert. Curious, enigmatic, fractured and gorgeous, this albums features dense electronic soundscapes, including inspired analog synth excursions, classical music tendencies and off course massive "cerebral" avant gardist fantasies.
Alluminogi, Gli: Scolopendra (VMLP121). New 180 Gr. vinyl reissue with the original artwork, label replicas and remastered sound. €17
Alog: Unemployed. Rune Grammofon (RLP 3116). 14/11/11. Individually numbered and strictly limited (300) 4LP edition boasting 77 extra minutes of brand new music not available elsewhere. Three of the records on white vinyl and one on black. Playful, adventurous, mysterious and exploring, this is an experimental, yet accessible, music of the very finest sort and comes highly recommended.
Alphataurus: AttosecondO. AMS 56 LP. Reformed during the Progvention 2010, this historical band comes now with their new album: five long tracks, complex and intense, a hard prog-rock that reads back the never forgotten feelings and sounds of the 70's with a modern awareness and production. Guitarist and keyboardist are the only original members remaining in Alphataurus generation two.
The front artwork, as for the previous "Live in Bloom", has been made by Adriano Marangoni, the same artist who, almost 40 yeas ago, painted the marvellous debut album cover.
Alphataurus: Live in Bloom 2010. AMS 49LP-B. Clear Blue 180 gr. vinyl edition. 09/03/12. After being reformed, Alphataurus played a gig on November 6th 2010, part of the Bloom festival in Mezzago, near Milano. It was a memorable event for the lucky 700 people who attended it!
Alusa Fallax: Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione. Vinyl Magic VM103LP. May 2008. Reissue of a great little-known gem, in the best Italian prog tradition, originally released in 1974. The album is led by keyboards with classical influences.
Anak Bayan: S/T. GDRLP0704. Street date late August 08. Band from The Philippines, characteristic of an early 70's style called Pinoy rock. Limited to 400 copies only, coming in top quality exact replica covers of the original albums and great remastered sound. €16
Amon Düül: Meetings with Menmachines Inglorious Heroes of the Past... Klimt Records (MJJ351LP). Nov. 2012. In its ultra rare artwork original! This LP was originally released in 1983 on the small British label, Illuminated Records with an album sleeve of original artwork that was soon inexplicably replaced by a mediocre band photo on all subsequent reissues. It was the second of four all-new studio albums made by this UK-based incarnation of Amon Düül. The new Amon Düül featured John Weinzierl on guitar, ex-Hawkwind bassist Dave Anderson (both from Amon Duul II), ex-Van Der Graaf Generator Guy Evans on drums, and Julie Waring on vocals. For this LP the band moved away from the more free-form freakout of their earlier days towards a sound that was far more structured and derivative, with definite New Wave / post-punk leanings. €16
Amon Düül 2: Phallus Dei. Revisited Records. 2009. LP reissue with the original artwork. €19
Amon Düül 2: Yeti. Revisited Records. 2009. Reissue of the 2LP with original artwork. €24
Andromeda: S/T. Black Widow Records (BWR 140). 05/10/11. One of the hidden treasures of the English psych-progressive era of the late sixties, Andromeda was originally released by RCA in 1969. The new edition will be released on LP, with the addition of the single "Keep Out 'Cos I'm Dying / Go Your Way"; the cover will maintain the original artwork with special laminated cover. Andromeda was a blend of psychedelic, progressive, jazz and hard rock power trio which lasted only enough to release one album. They were formed back in 68 by John Du Cann, later of Atomic Rooster.
Anekdoten: Vemod. Virta (VIRTALP001). 2LP. Street date: 11/03/11. Anekdoten's debut album from 1993 has been remastered. With gatefold cover, 180g HQ vinyl including bonus 12"(Sad Rain) and a poster. Limited numbered edition of 400 copies.
Änglagård: Viljans Öga. Street date: 31/07/12. After a long silence, here is the long awaited 3rd opus by the Swedish cult band! Available in a limited (1500 copies) double black vinyl edition or clear vinyl (500 copies) + 4 postcards! Don't wait too long!
Anima Morte: Face the Sea of Darkness. Horror Records (HOR026B). June 2011. 2nd very limited pressing of only 260 copies on bronze vinyl! Will not last forever ...
Antonius Rex: Hystero Demonopathy. Black Widow (BWR 153). Jan. 2013. The new album is a multisound-multistyles of concentrate fusion: gothic, classic, post-classic, dark, doom, metal, impressionist, progressive, post-progressive, after-rock.... with micro electronic inventions and perseverant events. €17
Antonius Rex: Magic Ritual. Black Widow 180 Gr. BWR 083. After Magic Ritual DVD success, cult band Antonius Rex is back with the Lp edition of Magic Ritual with the addition of a new 15 mins suite called "Fairy Vision" composed in 2001 in Vlad Tepes castle. Music composed by Antonio Bartoccetti, arranged by Doris Norton. €18
Antonius Rex: Ralefun (32th anniversary edition). Black Widow (BWR 128 LP). Jan. 2011. This cult album from 1979 includes the unreleased song “Proxima Luna”, recorded in 1980 and is officially released for the first time on vinyl!
Antonius Rex: Zora (77). Black Widow (BWR118LP). 32nd Anniversary Edition. 2010.
Area: 1978 Gli Dei Se Ne Vanno Gli Arrabbiati Restano. Vinyl Magic (VM 142LP). 180 gr. vinyl reissue of this album from 1978. The music moves in a stronger free-jazz direction. It was the last album with Demetrio Stratos who
died in 1979. Faithfully restored in the original gatefold sleeve cover! €20
Area: Are(A)zione. Akarma (AK 397 LP). 28/07/11. New 180 gr. vinyl reissue. €20
Area: Are(A)zione. Gatefold LP 180 gram Get Back GET5104. For their fourth album (originally released in 1975 on Cramps), Area's unique sound combined the punch of rock with the frightening chaos of experimental music. The "International POPular Group" was a fascinating band. This album contains one song from each of their previous records plus a 15-minute jam (the title song) and a free-jazz interpretation of "L'Internazionale". €16,50
Area: Arbeit Macht Frei. Akarma (AK 394 LP). 28/07/11. New 180 gr. vinyl reissue. €20
Area: Arbeit Macht Frei. Get Back (GET LP5101). 2007. Debut album by the massively influential Italian prog group, originally released in 1973 on the experimental Italian Cramps label. This ground-breaking album sailed Italian music into uncharted waters and right off the edge of the earth. Experimental politicized rock with overtures to prog and jazz all held together by Stratos' otherworldly vocals. Reissued with the original gatefold sleeve and the infamous "gun" insert, originally only included in the first 1,000 copies (because it was considered too incendiary and if they continued the album would have been banned). €16,50
Area: Caution Radiation Area. Akarma (AK 395LP). 28/07/11. New 180 gr. vinyl reissue. €20
Area: Caution Radiation Area. LP 180 gram. Get Back GET5102. Originally released in 1974, the band's second album added increasing levels of fringe experimentation to their already weird recipe. €16,50
Area: Crac. Akarma (AK 396LP). 28/07/11. New 180 gr. vinyl reissue. €20
Area: Crac. Gatefold LP 180 gram. Get Back GET5103. Area's third album is an eclectic furnace of jazz-rock, ethnic folk, experimentation and an ethically conscious manifesto for the arising of the masses, which made Area an icon of the Italian music scene of the 1970s. This is perhaps the best confirmation of the band's crazy fusion: furious, mind-bending rhythms and melodies balanced with humor and the avant-garde. €16,50
Area: Event 76. €12
Area: Maledetti. Akarma (AK 398LP). 28/07/11. New 180 gr. vinyl reissue. €20
Area: Tic & Tac. Vinyl Magic (VM 141LP). 180 gr. vinyl reissue of this album from 1980, the first released after the death of singer Demetrio Stratos. It also introduced two trumpetists and a saxophonist. €20
Ars Nova: Android Domina. Black Widow. Dark Prog by female japanese trio
Artemiev, Edward: Solaris by Andrey Tarkovsky - OST. Mirumir (MIR100705LP). 18/07/13. Originally only available on a ultra-rare Japanese bootleg, Mirurmir is incredibly pleased to announce the first official issue of the groundbreaking and mind blowing soundtrack to Tarkovsky's masterpiece, Solaris. It has been lovingly reissued in a gorgeous gatefold package including previously unseen photos from the Tarkovsky archives and a cover pulled from the Italian poster for the film. Remastered from the original film soundtrack and pressed on high quality 180 gram vinyl. €17
Artemiev, Edward: Solaris: Music From The Motion Picture By Andrey Tarkovsky. Mirumir (MIR100708LP). August 2013. 180 Gr. LP reissue. Recorded in Moscow in 1989-90, these are re-recordings of Artemiev's soundtracks to three classic 1970s Tarkovsky films. At the time of its release in 1990, there were no legitimately available versions of the original soundtracks and Artemiev chose to fill that void in the market with these re-recordings.
Artemiev, Edward: Stalker / The Mirror: Music From Andrey Tarkovsky’s Motion Pictures. Mirumir (MIR100709LP). August 2013. 180 Gr. LP reissue.
Arti & Mestieri: Murales
Arvanitas, George: Soul Jazz. Vadim Music (VAD038LP). 180 gr. LP. 05/07/11. Any European jazz lover won’t hesitate to tell you. Soul Jazz is one of the most rare French modern jazz records and a cult offering that collectors snap up for big bucks. A LP from youth, Soul Jazz has lost nothing of its spirit and shine, and serves as historical proof of French Jazz’s originality. €17
Ashby, Dorotyhy: The Jazz Harpist. Doxy (DOY698). Feb. 2014. Reissue of her debut album, featuring Frank Wess on flute, Ed Thigpen on drums and bass player Eddie Jones . €16
Astra: The Black Chord. 2LP. The new 2012 album will be available on transparent orange AND splatter-coloured vinyl. Street date: 16/05/12
Atlas, Natacha: Ayeshteni. €16,00
Atomic Rooster: S/T. Sireena Records (SIREENA4010). LP. 01/04/11. This LP reissue of the debut album from 1980 comes in gatefold cover with all lyrics and 180 gr. heav-weight vinyl.
Audience: S/T. Lilith Records (LR332LP). 14/12/11. 180 gram LP version + bonus CD of the album. Featuring a new "positive image" cover photo. Both versions present 3 bonus tracks, including the theme from their soundtrack to the 1970 skinhead classic Bronco Bullfrog. €16
Audience: S/T. Akarma 180Gr. LP (AK357LP). 1969 self-titled debut album penned by a British band who probably were one of the most interesting groups in the British panorama of the late 60's / early 70's. Their sound was a manifestation of their desire to experiment with and masterfully blend different musical styles, such as rock, folk, jazz, and blues. If we must make comparisons, Jethro Tull immediately leaps to mind, particularly because of the band's use of flute. €16
Ayers, Kevin: Live at the BBC 1970 & 1972. B 13 (B189). 140 Gr. clear yellow vinyl in clear PVC sleeve (ltd. ed. 500 copies).
Baker, Chet: Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings. Doxy (DOX866LP). 180gr. LP. street date: 14/06/12. This album from 1955 was recorded at Capitol Studios in L.A. over the course of two sessions.€16
Baker, Chet: Time After Time. High Quality Vinyl. €12
Balletto Di Bronzo: On the Road to Ys. AMS 42 LP. Feb. 2011. First time ever vinyl release (180 gr.) of two extraordinary documents, dated 1971! They form the demos recording made by the band in 1971 at Phonogram studios Milan, featuring the embryonic versions of two songs that would later be merged into YS (Introduzione and Secondo Incontro), with English vocals and arrangements that are quite different than the final ones. Taken from master tapes and remastered by Gianni Leone and Nicola di Gia in 2010. Also featuring a bonus track: an unreleased live version of "La Tua Casa Comoda".
Bambibanda E Melodie: S/T. Vinyl Magic VMLP137. May 2009. Post-Garybaldi group, of course featuring Bambi Fossati on guitar; their only album has the usual leading role for Bambi's guitar, but the use of percussion gives a more latin-inspired feel that sometimes reminds of Santana. Exact repro of the 1974 original, labels replicas and 180g vinyl. €17
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso: S/T. Cherry Red Phonograph (CRP117LP). Deluxe gatefold LP with inside pocket. Oct. 2012. Reissue of the classic 1975 album that introduced Italian prog rock band Banco to the world! To help their new non-Italian fan base get up to speed however, Banco decided to re-record (with English lyrics) some of their best earlier material, alongside a few new tracks as well. €17
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso: S/T. Sony (88697545051). June 09. Limited LP edition. The first album, simply called Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, housed in a large money box shaped cover, is still one of the most representative examples of the Italian prog, with classical influences based on the twin keyboards interplay and the original operatic voice of Francesco Di Giacomo. €35
Peter Banks: Two Sides Of Peter Banks. Lilith Records Dig-A-Log Series (LR344LP). 28/06/12. 180 gram LP + free bonus CD of the album. For this album from 1973, Peter Banks (the original guitarist of Yes), along with guitarist Jan Akkerman (of Focus), with whom Banks co-wrote most of the songs on the album, assembled a star-studded cast of characters that included Phil Collins and Steve Hackett (of Genesis), and John Wetton (of King Crimson). Given the talents found here, it is no wonder that band manages to conjure up some real down and dirty prog!
Bass Communion: II. Deluxe 180 gram heavyweight double vinyl edition of the second Bass Communion album from 1999, with exclusive music on Side 4 and the stunning Carl Glover gatefold cover. The music collects the six tracks from the original 1999 CD release, plus exclusive bonus tracks Wide Open Killingfeld parts 2 and 3. This first edition of 500 numbered copies is pressed on white vinyl. €30
Basso, Luciano : Voci. AMS04. Deluxe LP. Finally available in vinyl edition, the debut album of acclaimed keyboarder Luciano Basso, originally released in 1976. This is a highly appreciated instrumental effort, being cited by "The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music" as one of the best-ever examples of classically-influenced progressive rock. Voci is one of the few Italian records dealing with electronics, representing an interesting mix of classical-influenced progressive music and avant-garde. The record contains five long instrumental tracks, with keyboards to the fore and backing electric instruments. Among the guest musicians on this album, the Nuvole Di Paglia bass player, Mauro Periotto. A long OOP and therefore must-have for lovers of Italian prog!
Beatles, The: Thirty Weeks In 1963. Doxy LP box set with 16 p. book (DOY013BOXLP). Jan. 2014. Deluxe LP featuring a 16 page booklet with rare photos documenting the first days of Beatlemania. Through 30 weeks, from February 11 to September 12, the best band of all-time is captured here in the days before flying high to reach the sky and shine like a bright star. Pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl. Limited Hand Numbered Edition of 2,000 copies. €30
Biglietto per L'Inferno: Il Tempo Della Semina. AMS 48 LP. 25/05/12. This album - recorded in 1974 but only first released by Mellow Records in 1992 - has been since repressed several times and is now available again on AMS Records, in a gatefold format with a beautiful renewed artwork, including exclusive photos by Cesare Monti.
Biglietto per L’Inferno: Live 1974 (BG003LP). 08/06/12. This concert, which was released a couple of years ago as a papersleeve CD and included in a beautiful celebratory boxset, is now pressed as a 180gr. audiophile black vinyl: a due tribute for an immortal band!
Biglietto Per L'inferno.folk: Tra L’assurdo E La Ragione. AMS 43 LP (2010). Limited edition in white vinyl! Behind this retouched famous band name (you have noted the .folk added at the end?) is to be found a special project. Featuring original band members Pilly Cossa, Baffo Banfi, Mauro Gnecchi and blessed by the approval and contribution of singer/lyricist/flautist Claudio Canali, the band's classics have been re-recorded but also re-arranged, in collaboration with young talented north Italian folk musicians (therefore .folk!) and a great female singer.
Björk: Medulla. 2LP (€22)
Black Widow: See's The Light Of The Day. Black Widow (BWR 145). 30/04/12. This 2LP + 10" set gathers the 1969 "demo" version of the album Sacrifice (already released by Black Widow Records under the title "Return to the Sabbat"), rare and unreleased tracks like the acoustic demo version of "Mary Clark" or "Daddy Babe", a long psychedelic track in Affinity style with Kay Garrett on vocals, and finally the first time release of a live concert at Teatro Lirico, Milan, Italy - May 10th, 1971.
Blakey, Art & The Jazz Messengers: Art Blakey!!!!!Jazz Messengers!!!!! (Alamode). Doxy (DOX865LP). 180 gr. LP. Street date: 14/06/12. Originally released in 1961, this album is one of the very few Blakey recorded for Impulse! €16
Paul Bley • Ornette Coleman • Don Cherry • Charlie Haden • Billy Higgins: Live At The Hillcrest Club 1958. Doxy 2LP (ACV4001DLP). Jan. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). This record marks a turning point in jazz history. It may be the earliest recorded example of what Ornette Coleman later called “free jazz” and it represents the first rumblings of the revolutionary movement which eventually shifted jazz thinking away from bebop. €20
Blocco Mentale: ¶oa. Vinyl Magic VM 032 LP. 10/06/11. This very obscure and rare album from 1973 was maybe the first ecological conceptual album in the Italian prog history (singing about the evil of polluting the planet); it is today for the first time ever reissued in its gorgeous gimmick gatefold cover. Limited edition in five different colours: red, yellow, white, blue and green.
Blue Phantom: Distortions (1971). AMSLP05. July 08. First legit reissue with its original artwork for what is mostly considered the best instrumental psych record coming out of Italy. Entirely instrumental, Distortions was released in Italy in 1971, along with a single, and later released in other European countries, among which England, this time with a complete different artwork.
Superb fuzzed-out and wah guitars, moog... there's really plenty of "Distortions" here!!! Powerful rhythm section and fantastic guitar work, great production. €18
Branca, Glenn: Lesson No. 1. 2 x 12" Superior Viaduct (SV039). March 2014. Glenn Branca made his first solo statement, Lesson No. 1, in 1980. The album unveiled his visionary guitar concepts with two monstrous, side-long compositions that helped forge NYC’s downtown art-punk sound and acted as a massive influence on countless young groups, including Sonic Youth and Swans.
Braxton, Anthony / Roach, Max: Birth and Rebirth. Black Saint Dig-A-Log (BS520001). 180 gram LP + CD. Oct. 2012. This album documents the historic meeting, (dated 1979) between Max Roach and Anthony Braxton, or rather the encounter between the tradition and the avant-garde in modern jazz. A profound dialogue between two major figures, the father of modern drumming and the young lion of creative music. €17
Brubeck, Dave: Time Out. LP release date 31/01/08. €16
Bruford, Bill: Feels Good To Me. Winterfold BBWF003LP. 09/11/09. Limited edition (1000 copies) on 180 gr. vinyl of the debut album (78) by drummer Bill Bruford's band. Street date: 09/11/09
Bruford, Bill: Going Gradually Tornado. Winterfold BBWF005LP. 09/11/09. Limited edition (1000 copies) on 180 gr. vinyl of the 3rd album (80) by drummer Bill Bruford's band. Street date: 09/11/09
Bruford, Bill: One Of A Kind. Winterfold BBWF004LP. 09/11/09. Limited edition (1000 copies) on 180 gr. vinyl of the 2nd album (79) by drummer Bill Bruford's band. Street date: 09/11/09
Bruford, Bill: Rock Goes To College. Winterfold BBWF009LP. 09/11/09. Limited edition (1000 copies) on 180 gr. vinyl of the concert performance recorded as part of a live television programme aired in March 1979. First time on LP! Street date: 09/11/09
Burrell, Kenny: Vol. 2. Doxy (DOX856LP). Jan. 2014. With the '56 cover art by Andy Warhol. On this album, the guitarist can be heard in many ways, from solo to a simple rhythm section setting; as part of a wailing quintet; and taking part in a night club jam session that involves two horns, rhythm and himself. Clearly, then, there is no danger at any time that monotony will set in. €16
Bushman's Revenge: A Little Bit of Big Bonanza. Rune Grammofon (RLP3123). 20/01/12. Vinyl edition in gatefold sleeve with free mp3 download of the whole album.
Bushman's Revenge: Never Mind The Botox. Rune Grammofon (RLP3125). 20/01/12. LP only release, the companion of the Bonanza album, recorded during the same sessions in Athletic Sound. Here they cover some of their personal favourites, fully showing the diversity of artists that is so typical for the listening habits of young Norwegian musicians not subscribing to specific genres. Meaning you will find Back Sabbath and Pixies side by side with Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. And with ”Bushman Rock” they also cover themselves! This song was left off the ”Jitterbug” album but they recorded a vastly improved version for this new album. €15
Byrd, Charlie: Royal Flush. Doxy (DOX861LP). 180 gr. vinyl reissue. Street date: 17/05/12. Byrd’s eighth album for Blue Note, originally released in 1961, this album is also known introducing a 21-year-old Herbie Hancock to the jazz world, in his first ever recorded session! The album also features Hancock’s first recorded composition, “Requiem”. €16
Byrd, Donald: Free Form. Doxy (DOX896LP). 22/08/13. Recorded in 1961 with a stellar line up (Shorter-Hancock-Higgins), this album is here reissued with a bonus track left off the original album (but from the same sessions), a lovely Herbie Hancock penned cut!
Cage, John: The 25 Year Retrospective Concert. Doxy 180 gram 2LP (DOZ407DLP). Dec. 2013. Recorded live at Town Hall, NYC in May 1958, this historic concert (organized by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg) was a retrospective of Cage's work from 1934 to the present. €18
Califfi, I: Fiori di Metallo. Vinyl Magic 180 Gr. VM122LP. Very good prog album (72), based on organ and moog sounds, with two outstanding instrumental tracks. A megararity, finally reissued on LP. €18
Camel: Live At BBC In London, 1977. B 13 (B207). Street date: 14/11/13. These live BBC radio sessions from 1977 feature material from that breakthrough LP as well as the following classics, Moonmadness, and Rain Dances. Limited edition of 500 copies on orange vinyl. €17.
Camel: The Snow Goose. 180 gr. audiophile vinyl including full colour insert. Street date: 30/09/11.
Camisasca: La Finestra Dentro. GDR BBXL 10005. Jan. 2013. This album can be compared with Alan Sorrenti's first album in the use of voice as an instrument, with sparse musical accompaniment on some tracks. Produced by Franco Battiato - who also plays the VCS3 synth on it - it is here reissued in a faithful replica of the original 1974 edition
Campo Di Marte: S/T. AMS - Vinyl Magic AMSLP01. This is a strictly limited reissue of 500 copies in 180gr vinyl, nice carton cover and a fully exact replica of the original (except that the new catalog number is on the labels), including the rare inner sleeve. Red vinyl pressing.
Can: A Double Promo Album by. B 13 (B181D). Nov. 2012. 140 gram 2LP on clear vinyl with multi-colored labels in PVC sleeve (ltd. 500 copies). The live show found on this double LP was recorded in Lyon in January 1976, now with Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt sharing vocal duties
Can: Future Days: Live In Cologne 1973. B13 (B167). Street date: 23/08/12. Format: 140 gram LP on clear purple vinyl with red label in PVC sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies). This album is made up of one long jam session recorded live in the studio at Inner Space in Cologne during the 1973 Future Days sessions. Future Days was also singer Damo Suzuki’s final album with Can. €16
Can: Live in Hannover. B 13 (B184). 140 gram LP on clear vinyl in PVC sleeve (ltd. ed. 500 copies). Nov. 2012. High quality live FM radio broadcast from Hannover on 11 April 1976. €17
Can: Monster Movie: Live. B13 (B165). Street date: 23/08/12. Format: 140 gram LP on red vinyl with red label in PVC sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies). Those tracks, recorded live in Cologne in July 1969, were the first steps into the beyond, setting the tone for a whole new genre of German music that the world would soon be calling “krautrock”. €16
Can: Tago Mago: Live. B13 (B166). Street date: 23/08/12. Format: 140 gram LP on clear red vinyl with red label in PVC sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies). Recorded in 1971 at Can’s Inner Space Studio in Cologne during the Tago Mago sessions. These two long tracks represent a live-in-studio jam where Damo’s vocals have really become an essential component in the band’s sound. €16
Caravan: In The Land Of Grey And Pink (with bonus tracks). Klimt Records Gatefold 2LP (MJJ352DLP). Jan. 2013. The bonus tracks are the same outtakes as those found on the CD anniversary release!
Caravan: The Land Of Grey And Pink Live. B 13 (B200). 25/07/13. Captured live in the spring of 1971. Clear pink vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve with blue lettering pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies.€16
CCPP: S/T. Vadim VAD041LP. Dec. 2011. 180 gr. vinyl reissue of this recording from 75, a true gem from the 70's! Behind the mysterious acronym lies an impressive quartet made up of 4 of France’s best musicians of that era: André Ceccarelli on drums, Marc Chantereau on keyboards and percussion, Christian Padovan on bass and Slim Pezin on guitar. Backed by a solid brass section, they move from note to note with incredible virtuosity and energy, delivering a mutant and hypnotising funk that cannot be resisted for long.
Celeste: S/T. AMS LP15. 2009. Also known as "Principe Di Un Giorno", this is the first album originally released on the small Grog label in 1976 (though the music had already been recorded in 1974). The music had a strong pastoral character with delicious mellos. Fantastic reissue with only the first copies in white vinyl. 180gr. and gatefold cover.
Central Unit: S/T. Vinyl Magic (VM156LP). 2013. Central Unit were a unique case in the Italian scene of the ‘80s. Coming from Bologna and active during the years of the so-called 'post-new wave', it was clear that they would not settle on the small Italian scene, given the international scope of their proposal: new wave, electronic, a pinch of jazz and improvisation, for an almost entirely instrumental music in which the rhythmic component dominates everything.
Centrozoon: Never Trust The Things They Do. This is a limited edition vinyl companion to the 2004's experimental electronic pop release "Never Trust the Way You Are". Featuring powerful contributions from King Crimson's innovative drummer, Pat Mastelotto, this record is a fascinating collision of haunting atmospherics and hard-hitting rhythms
Cervello: Melos. 06-12-13. Sony. 180 gr. vinyl, limited numbered edition, 500 copies. Finally available again on vinyl, one of the best works ever from the golden age of Italian progressive rock, originally released on Ricordi in 1973.
Charlie Haden / Paul Motian feat. Geri Allen: Etudes. Soul Note Dig-A-Log LP+CD (SN521005). Street date: 06/03/14. Reissue of a classic album in which the angular rhythm of the historic couple and Allen’s highly sensitive playing sound fully integrated within an intense three way dialogue.
Cherry, Don: Live in Paris, April 22, 1971. B 13 (B191). 140 gram LP on clear red vinyl in PVC sleeve (limited edition of 500 copies). April 2013. During the spring of 1971, Cherry travelled to Paris with his avant-garde jazz trio, made up of the great South African bassist Johnny Dyani and Turkish percussionist Okay Temiz, to perform live for an audience of French jazz fans.
Cherry / Redman / Haden / Blackwell: Old And New Dreams. Black Saint Dig-A-Log (BS520002). 180 gram LP + CD. Oct. 2012. Album recorded in 1976. €17
Cherry Five: S/T. AMSLP14. Sept. 09. Deluxe LP reissue of an album recorded in 1974 and released in 1976. The band was the forerunner of Goblin and featured the singer of L'Uovo di Colombo as well as drummer Carlo Bordini, half of the duo Rustichelli & Bordini €18
Chico Hamilton Quintet: S/T. So Far Out (OUT5015LP). Format: 180 Gr. LP. This first album from 1955 is a cool, swinging affair that introduced the world to Hamilton's particular brand of chamber bop. €16
Cincinnato: S/T. AMS 55LP. Sept. 2012. This sole album is very rare, also in its unique recent CD reissue (AMS, 2006) and is now available in a perfect vinyl replica of the original 1974 release (the band had already folded a year before).
180 Gr. audiophile black vinyl edition.
Circus 2000: An Escape From a Box (HALP04 LP). 03/02/12. LP reissue of their 2nd album from 1972. €19
Clark - Hutchinson: A=MH2. Akarma (180Gr.) AK293LP. Debut album of one of the most interesting and irreverent bands of the British underground rock scene of the late 60s.
Clark, Sonny: Blues In The Night. Doxy (DOX878LP) 180 Gr. vinyl LP. Nov. 2012. Recorded in December 1958 for Blue Note, this was a trio session featuring Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wes Landers on drums. €16
Cluster: Cluster II. Lilith Dig-A-Log LR335. 23/02/12. 180 gr. LP + free CD of the album. Originally released in 1972, this is the second album by legendary German ambient pioneers Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Moebius and Roedelius essentially create ambient electronic soundscapes that ebb and flow, droning on in a suspended world of anti-gravity where machine has conquered man.€16
Cluster: Zuckerzeit. Lilith 3. 23/02/12. 180 gr. LP + free CD of the album. Originally released in 1974, Zuckerzeit marked a turning point for these seminal German space rockers. Recorded shortly after their move away from the metropolis of Berlin, it sees some of the abrasiveness of their earlier material slightly diffusing. With the addition of proto drum machines and the producing talents of Michael Rother, their sound here - while remaining firmly in anchored in experimental territory - has more pop sensibility.€16
Coltrane, John: Ballads. Doxy ACV LP (ACV2005LP). Jan. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). €16
Coltrane, John: Coltrane. Doxy ACV LP (ACV2009). Feb. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). €16
Coltrane, John: Jazz Way Out. Doxy ACV LP (ACV2003LP). Jan. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). This album was conceived and recorded in 1958 as an experimentation by some of the important “new” faces in modern jazz of those days, under the leadership of Wilbur Harden, with the young talented John Coltrane, the fresh voiced Curtis Fuller and pianist Tommy Flanagan that blend opinions and expression in an album of extended improvisational forms. €16
Coltrane, John: Stardust. Doxy ACV LP (ACV2001LP). Jan. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). €16
Coltrane, John: The Complete Nights of 1-2 November 1961. Doxy (DOY010TLP). 140 gram 3LP Box Set with 4-page booklet. Nov. 2012. Now available for the first time ever on vinyl, the complete recordings of John Coltrane’s historic and hotly contested live performances at the Village Vanguard on the nights of 1-2 November 1961
Coltrane, John: The Believer. Doxy ACV LP (ACV2002LP). Jan. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). €16
Coltrane, John / Don Cherry : Avant Garde. €14
Comus: Out of the Coma. Rise Above Records (RISELP144). Limited edition on 180 gr. vinyl. Street date: 15/06/12. The feelings and convictions displayed within the grooves of "Out of the Coma" further display the undeniable uniqueness of Comus as an artistic collective as opposed to "just another band". Side 2 is made of one track, a recently discovered live 1972 recording. Also available on clear vinyl with green splatter
Cream: Disraeli Gears at the BBC. B 13 (B199). 25/07/13. Clear purple vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve with blue lettering pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies. €16
Cure, The: Three Imaginary Boys. Lilith LR130LPP. Picture LP 180 gram Non Shrink Wrapped. This is the faithful re-release of the original UK pressing. €17.50.
Curtis Fuller Jazztet, The : With Benny Golson. Doxy (DOX885LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. Feb. 2013. This LP, recorded at the Van Gelder studio, represents the original Fuller-Golson co-led Jazztet line-up, with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano and Paul Chambers on bass.€16
Dalton: Argitari. Vinyl Magic (VM098LP). Jan. 2014. Dalton released their second and last LP "Argitari" in 1975, in a three-spread gatefold format, faithfully reproduced in this Vinyl Magic reissue, the first ever in almost forty years.
Dave Brubeck Quartet, The : Brubeck Time. Doxy (DOX895LP). 22/08/13. Reissue of an album recorded in 1954 and originally released on Columbia in 1955. €16
Dave Brubeck Quartet, The : Jazz Goes to College. Doxy (DOX889LP). 180 Gr. vinyl. 11/07/13. Recorded at various Mid-Western US universities and released originally in 1954
Dave Brubeck Quartet, The : Time Further Out. Doxy (DOX886LP). 180 Gr. vinyl + 1 bonus track. April 2013. Reissue of the follow up to the legendary "Time Out" album, originally released in 1961. €16
Davis, Miles: At Newport 1958. Doxy (DOX897LP). 22/08/13. Less than a year after this live recording, these same six men would make jazz history with the cool modal classic, Kind Of Blue – perhaps the best and most famous jazz album of all-time.
Davis, Miles: In Person, Friday Night At The Blackhawk. Doxy (DOX879DLP) 180 Gr. 2LP. Nov. 2012. Now for the first time ever on double LP, this double album represents a very short-lived and little-known version of the Miles Davis Quintet, recorded live at San Francisco’s famed Blackhawk jazz club on 21 April 1961!
Davis, Miles: Live-Evil. Four Men with Beards (4M809DLP). 180 gr. 2LP reissue. 08/11/11.
Davis, Miles: Live at the Plugged Nickel, December 22, 1965 Part One. B 13 (B192). 140 gram LP on white vinyl in PVC sleeve (ltd. ed. 500 copies). April 2013. €16
strong> Davis, Miles: Live at the Plugged Nickel, December 22, 1965 Part Two. B 13 (B193). 140 gram LP on yellow vinyl in PVC sleeve (ltd. ed. 500 copies). April 2013. €16
Davis, Miles: Live at the Plugged Nickel, 22-23 December 1965. Klimt Records (MJJ349CLP). Nov. 2012. This 5LP deluxe boxset with liner notes represents the most complete version available on vinyl of the Miles Davis Quintet’s legendary Plugged Nickel performance! 20 tracks in all with almost 4 hours of music taken from the 7 sets Davis played during his two-night residency at Chicago’s famous Plugged Nickel jazz club.
De Andrè, Fabrizio: La Buona Novella. Dec. 09. Part of the LP reissue program of Sony Music, this album from 1970 by the Italian cult song writer is now available again for some time (probably short, beware!) in a 180gr. deluxe pressing and digitally remastered. €18
De Andrè, Fabrizio: Creuza de Ma (84). Sony. 28/07/11. Digitally remastered LP with gatefold cover, limited numbered edition (1200 copies). €23
De Andrè, Fabrizio: Le Nuvole (90). Sony. 28/07/11. Digitally remastered LP limited numbered edition (1200 copies). €23
De De Lind: Io non so da dove vengo... (1973). VM083LP. New reissue in 180 gr. vinyl LP for collectors of the unique De De Lind italian progressive album from 1973. Now available in limited edition LP with white vinyl. Only 200 copies available!
Death SS: The Horned God Of The Witches. Black Widow BWR 079. 2LP. 13/03/12. Reissue on double vinyl of this release of early Death SS material; beautiful artwork with a gatefold cover and 3 different versions: 100 copies pressed in blue vinyl incl. poster, card and sticker, 150 copies in white vinyl, 150 copies in clear vinyl. Will be expensive!
Débile Menthol: Live 1982-84. Les Disques Rayés (009). 2013. LP reissue of live recordings previously released on cassette only (Édition Unbeirrt).
Dedalus: S/T. AMS 050 LP. 23/03/12. Black audiophile 180gr. vinyl reissue. Originally released in 1973, this first eponymous LP consists of instrumental jazz-rock compositions, influenced by artists like Nucleus, Miles Davis, Soft Machine, Stockhausen and many other musical innovators of the time.
Delirium: III. Vinyl Magic VMLP126. June 08. Third album by Italian band with a great flutist, long time OOP and hard to find! Now available again, with the original gatefold cover and label replicas. Limited to 500 copies.
Delirium: Dolce Acqua. Vinyl Magic VMLP145. Feb. 2010. The debut album from 1971 is now available as Deluxe 180 Gr. vinyl in triple gatefold cover. €20
Delirium: Lo Scemo e Il Villaggio. Vinyl Magic VMLP144. Feb. 2010. 180 Gr. vinyl reissue of the 2nd album with gatefold cover. €20
D'Errico, Gianni: Antico Teatro Da Camera (1976). Sony 88697473361. This LP is usually considered as one of the best prog-inclined albums by Italian solo artists, and a hard to find one! A welcome reissue!
Diabolus: S/T. Akarma AK340LP 180 Gr. LP. Well-crafted blend of prog rock with psychedelic inflections, clever guitar and flute solos and sprinklings of jazz rock. Will undoubtedly appeal to afficionados of bands like Audience, Tonton Macoute and Jethro Tull. €16
Diablo Swing Orchestra: Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious. 24/06/11. This is a deluxe package limited to 500 copies only worldwide. It features a gatefold sleeve printed to the finest standards available, a printed inner bag and a coloured vinyl. This is a MUST for any fan or collector!
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli : With The Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Doxy (DOX893LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. 27/06/13. This LP compiles Django's London recordings, spanning the years between 1938 and 1946 and showing the progression of the group from its early years towards its disbandment in 1948.
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli With the Quintet of The Hot Club of France: Parisian Swing. Doxy (DOX894LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. 27/06/13. Featuring classic 30's recordings from both Paris and London. Reissued with the original liner notes
Doors, The: Live In Pittsburgh – May 2, 1970 (Part One). B 13 (B212). Street date: 14/11/13. On tour in support of their 5th album, Morrison Hotel, and recorded just a little over a year before Jim Morrison’s death, this 1970 concert is one of the most coherent and satisfying live dates of the band’s career. Limited edition of 500 copies on transparent red vinyl. €16
Doors, The: Live In Pittsburgh - May 2, 1970 (Part Two). B 13 (B213). Street date: 14/11/13. Limited edition of 500 copies on clear vinyl.€16
Kenny Dorham & Jackie Mclean: Inta Somethin’. Doxy (DOX888LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. 27/06/13. Originally released in 1962 on the Pacific Jazz label and recorded live at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in the winter of 1961. €16
Doxy Audiophile Clear Vinyl Series an explanation! Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) is made using the highest quality co-polymer available and processed without any carbon additive in order to dramatically reduce the “electrical distortion” often found on records (by itself the co-polymer of vinyl is transparent. In order to color the record in black, the plant must use a carbon additive with trace metals that can become magnetized. This is what causes electrical distortion during playback). That is the reason why Doxy chose to offer their records in the following manner:
- Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV)
- 140 gr. vinyl
- 25 minutes maximum per side
Dream Theater: Train Of Thought. 2LP on 180 Gr. vinyl + insert. Street date: 17/01/14. Originally only released on CD in 2003, this album found Dream Theater back on the heavier and straight forward side of Prog Metal.
Duello Madre: S/T. Vinyl Magic VMLP128. Street date: 20/01/2010. First ever 180 gr. vinyl reissue with gatefold cover of the sole album (a jazz oriented one) made in 1973 by this Italian prog band from Genova, featuring musicians coming from outfits like Circus 2000 or Osage Tribe. €20
El Doom & The Born Electric: S/T. Rune Grammofon (RLP3122). 2LP. 06/01/12. 2LP edition in lavish gatefold sleeve with free mp3 download of the whole album (see description in the CD section). €17
Elder: Dead Roots Stirring. Headspin (HSLP321). 10/10/11. Limited edition of 200 copies on transparent green vinyl. Luxurious 2LP edition! Elder is equal parts hypnotic rhythm, uncompromising heaviness, and soaring melody. Continuously moving backward towards their roots in heavy rock, while also moving forward into more progressive and psychedelic territory.
Electric Frankenstein: What Me Worry. Akarma (AK 399 LP). 16/09/11. New limited 180 gr. vinyl reissue of the famous album from 1975, a guitar extravaganza with long spacey guitar solos by Area's guitarist Paolo Tofani who plays all the instruments himself
Electric Prunes, The: Stockholm '67. Sutro Park (SP1010LP) 180 Gr. LP. Nov. 2012.
Electric Swan: Swirl In Gravity. Black Widow (BWR 146). 23/04/12. Electric Swan is the solo project of Wicked Minds' guitarist and founding member, Lucio Calegari. After a first album in 2008 and an intende touring activity the following year, bringing them at the Burg Herzberg Festival (Germany) and Crescendo Festival (France), they started the new album with some changes in the line up and Clive Jones (flute and Sax of legendary Black Widow) as guest. The music is still inspired by the many legendary names populating the heavy genre (Led Zep, Sabbath, Purple, etc...)
Elephant9: Live at the BBC. Rune Grammofon (RLP2118). 09/11/11. Vinyl only release in a numbered, limited edition of only 500 copies on white vinyl. Widely considered to be one of Norway´s best live bands, this album shows the high degree of musicianship in this trio, all tracks being first takes and without any editing whatsoever. Elephant9 is as always Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Humcrush) on Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes, Nikolai Eilertsen on bass and Torstein Lofthus (Shining) on drums.
Elephant9 with Reine Fiske: Atlantis. Rune Grammofon (RLP 3134). Street date: 07/09/12. Limited white vinyl 2LP edition in stylish gatefold sleeve including mp3 (320 kbps) download of the whole album. Only 200 copies pressed. Also available on normal black vinyl.
Ellington, Duke: Anatomy Of A Murder. Doxy (DOY666LP). 180 gr. LP. Street date: 31/05/12. Duke Ellington’s original soundtrack to Otto Preminger’s 1959 classic courtroom drama. €16
Ellington, Duke: Ellington At Newport. Doxy (DOX904DLP). 2LP. Street date: 21/11/13. Recorded at the 3rd annual Newport Jazz Festival, on July 7, 1956. €20
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Re-Works -Hq Vinyl- 3 LP €25,00
Keith Emerson: Inferno. AMS34 LP. Street date: 28/03/11. This record was released for the legendary Cinevox label in 1980 as a soundtrack for Dario Argento’s Inferno movie. First time ever 180 gr. audiophile deluxe vinyl reissue, the first 500 copies come with a poster that thoroughly analyzes both soundtrack and movie.
Keith Emerson: Keith Emerson Band feat. Marc Bonilla. 2LP EDEL (0192328 ERE). 2008. The king of the Hammond is back! A brand new album in a real symphonic prog vein. Together with Marc Bonilla (guitars and Vocals) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth), Keith Emerson rediscovers his roots and delivers a fantastic suite lasting most of the album.
Equipe 84: Sacrificio. Sony (88691989031) LP reissue of an album from 1974. Street date: 13/04/12. This album would be their most determined (and only real) effort at joining the prog scene; despite a good songwriting, great melodies and vocals, lots of typical Italian progressive rock instrumentation like organ, piano, flute, and strings, all very tastefully arranged, the band wouldn't gain enough recognition as a prog band!
Evans, Bill: Interplay. Doxy (DOX891LP) 180 gr. vinyl. 11/07/13. Originally released in 1962 on the Riverside label, Interplay features piano giant Bill Evans at his gently swinging best. The band is beyond stellar; Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones complete the rhythm section, while Jim Hall’s guitar and Freddie Hubbard’s trumpet round out the sessions.
Evans, Bill & Hall, Jim: Undercurrent. Doxy ACV gatefold LP + 2 bonus tracks! (ACV2008). Feb. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). €16
E.X.P.: Pachamama. Heavy Psych Sounds (HPS014). Street date: 13/02/14. This album was originally released by Beard of Stars on CD in 2002. Pachamama is a precious gem in the history of Heavy Italian Psychedelia, an incredible album that unfortunately came out during a period when the scene was not so healthy and alert like the one we are living in now. To correct this, Heavy Psych Sounds is reissuing this classic on limited edition vinyl in 3 different colors (150 red, 150 transparent blue, and 200 green with white splatter).
Faust: 71 Minutes Of. Recommended (RER 1405). April 2011. Posthumous 2LP with unreleased stuff from the early time! Faust is a cult group who defined the Krautrock genre; this release should appeal to all fans.
Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Koola Lobitos: Live at the Afro Spot. B 13 (B187). 140 Gr. white vinyl in clear PVC sleeve (limited edition of 500 copies). Jan. 2013. Extremely rare early recording of Fela Kuti recorded live at the “Afro Spot” in Lagos in 1966! €17
Feldman, Morton & Brow, Earle: Morton Feldman & Earle Brown. Doxy 180 Gr. LP (DOZ421LP). Dec. 2013. Finally back in print, this rare Morton Feldman/Earle Brown split LP was originally released in 1962 on the small NY-based Time Records and features Feldman's "Durations I-IV" on side A and Brown's "Hodograph I", "Music for Violin, Cello and Piano" and "Music for Cello and Piano" on side B. David Tudor is featured on piano throughout. €15
Flynt, Henry: Graduation. Superior Viaduct (SV 014). Jan. 2013. 2LP + digital download card. Graduation, recorded between 1975 and 1979, was meant to be the debut of Flynt's avant-garde hillbilly music.
Fontaine, Brigitte: Brigitte Fontaine Est... Folle. Superior Viaduct (SV041). Street date: 12/12/13. Debut album from 1968 by the French poet and chameleonic vocalist, an essential link in French pop music, exuberantly pushing the genre into more conceptual and experimental sounds. Fontaine takes flight over conductor Jean Claude Vannier’s brilliant arrangements. Vannier, best known for his work on Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire De Melody Nelson, is in fine form, using what would become his trademark stylings: lush strings, taut rhythms culled from across the globe and a healthy dose of whimsy.
Fontaine, Brigitte: Comme à la Radio. Superior Viaduct (SV042). Street date: 12/12/13. This album is certainly remembered by most because of the presence of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the perfect setting for Fontaine’s exploration of free-verse poetry. Often arrhythmic and spoken, her vocals command the same spontaneity and grace that her collaborators applied to their instruments.
Forest: Concert. Klint Records (MJJ340LP). Street date: 31/05/12. Recorded in May and October 1972 for BBC Radio 1 by DJ Bob Harris, these sessions may be all that remain of this seminal acid folk band’s elusive third album!€15
Fossati, Ivan: Il Grande Mare Che Avremmo Attraversato. Vinyl Magic (VM141LP). March 2013. 180 Gr. vinyl reissue of the debut album (1973) by the singer, after he left his band Delirium. The album has still a few *old prog* moments but mostly relies on a songwriting style mixed with orchestral and latin/ethnic elements. €20
Franklin, Aretha: Aretha Now. 4 Men With Beards 4m131 180 Gr. LP. At the peak of her form in early period. Original artwork. €17,5
Franklin, Aretha: Lady Soul. 4 Men With Beards 4m130 180 Gr. LP. This album from 1968 became Aretha's second Gold LP. €17,5
Fuchsia: S/T. Klimt Records (MJJ355LP). Feb. 2013. LP reissue with printed inner sleeve and 3 bonus tracks. Fuchsia’s 1971 LP is a lost gem of experimental British progressive rock (in the vein of Henry Cow and Comus); the band was short lived and soon dissolved, but not before recording a few tracks intended for release on a second album (represented in the 3 bonus tracks found here) that unfortunately never materialized. €16
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain. 4 Men with Beards (4M1611LP). Street date: 28/11/13. Limited edition of 1,000 translucent orange vinyl in a deluxe classic style gatefold sleeve. 1971's Maggot Brain is Funkadelic's all-out masterpiece!€20
Funkadelic: The Electric Spanking Of War Babies. Get Back. GET98023 LP. €13,5
Futuro Antico: Dal Primitive All’elettronica (BS009 LP). Jan. 2014. Short-live project featuring Walter Maioli, from Aktuala. Originally released in 1980, with a completly analog and warm sound, this reissue, limited to 300 copies maintain the first tape artwork + info and photos in the inner folder. The music terribly brings to mind the astonishing live Köln jam of Terry Riley and Don Cherry
Gainsbourg, Serge: Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin. Doxy ACV LP(ACV2004). Feb. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). Very different from his celebrated later works, the music captured on this limited edition vinyl edition finds Gainsbourg mixing traditional chanson and big-band jazz rather than the avant garde pop that went on to define his career outside of France. €16
Gale, Eddie: Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music. 4 Men With Beards. Gatefold LP (180 g vinyl). Also CD
Gale, Eddie: Black Rhythm Happening. 4 Men With Beards. Gatefold LP (180 g vinyl).
This second Blue Note album includes jazz heavy weight Elvin Jones on drums and sax man Jimmy Lyons. Again the mix is a blend of soul jazz, free form freak outs, and a gospel influenced street choir. Eddie Gale helped ring in jazz's controversial new thing during the 1960s and 1970s on a series of influential releases. His inspired trumpet playing graced Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, Larry Young's Of Peace And Love and a series of recordings and performances with Sun Ra's Arkestra.
Garybaldi: Live in Bloom – Progvention Nov. 6 2010. AMS 51LP. 12/12/11. Finally available, as a vinyl only release, the first recording of the legendary 2010 progvention! Garybaldi's gig is an amazing travel along their greatest tracks, with the incredibile live vibe that has always been their trademark from the beginning. As Garybaldi's records have always featured special covers realized by famous painters, after Crepax and Guarnaccia it's now time for World famous Pietro Spica, who made a truly amazing artwork! 180gr. black vinyl containing a litography.
Garybaldi: Live in Bloom – Progvention Nov. 6 2010. AMS 51LP. 12/12/11. 180 gr. black vinyl + a litography. See description in the CD section!
Garybaldi: Note Perdute. AMS 2010. Triple gatefold LP with 180g black vinyl and a 25x60cm poster with vintage pics of Garybaldi/Gleemen. An amazing collection of rarities for one of the most important bands of Italian 70's prog-rock. This anthology contains a track that was meant to be included in their Gleemen debut, some live and alternate versions recorded between 1969 and 1998, and an amazing gem, three live tracks recorded during the Naples Be-In festival of 1973, one of the very few testimonies of those legendary festivals, as in those times no one used to record gigs in Italy!
Gentle Giant: In A Glass House. Alucard (ALUGGV04). April 10. For the very first time in over 35 years, the hugely successful album is again available in its original format, this time on high quality 180 gr. vinyl, direct metal remastered from the original 1/4” tapes. €20
Gentle Giant: The Power And The Glory. Alucard (ALUGGV05). April 10. For the very first time in over 35 years, the hugely successful album is again available in its original format, this time on high quality 180 gr. vinyl, direct metal remastered from the original 1/4” tapes and including a bonus 7" (Power and the Glory + Proclamation live 77). €20
Gerry Mulligan and The Concert Jazz Band On Tour / Jazz Soloist: Zoot Sims : S/T. Doxy (DOX887LP). 180 Gr. vinyl + 2 bonus tracks. April 2013. Reissue of Mulligan’s long out-of-print 1962 Verve album. The two featured bonus tracks are “As Catch Can” and “Young Blood”, not found on the original LP.€16
Getz, Stan: Plays with Jimmy Raney, Duke Jordan, Frank Isola, Bill Crow. Doxy (DOK217LP). 180 gr. vinyl LP with 4 bonus tracks + free CD of the album. Street date: 17/05/12. NYC session recorded between December 12 and 29, 1952, presenting a young Stan Getz (25 years old at that time). The first four tracks on the B side are taken from the Dec 19 session and are the bonus tracks. €17
Gil Evans Orchestra, The: Out of the Cool. Doxy-Goldenote (DOG901LP). 180 gram DMM gatefold LP with inside pocket. 15/06/12. Originally released in 1960, this album is widely considered to be Evans' masterpiece, on par with Duke Ellington in terms of orchestration, and essential listening for any jazz fan. This is also Evans’ first post-Miles recording (as humoristically implied in the title). €16
Giles, Giles, & Fripp : The Cheerful Insanity of ... Cherry Red Phonograph (CRP203). 09/09/13. Originally released in 1968, this album was the precursor of what would become one year later King Crimson
Ginsberg, Alain: Ginsberg's Thing. GET422 (Get Back Avant Garde Series). Spoken word album recorded at the Festival Of The Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy on July 8, 1967.
Gleemen: S/T (VMLP132LP). Jan. 09. First time ever vinyl reissue of this monstruously rare Italian album from 1970 and a very important re-release, here in 180g vinyl, exact label replicas and gorgeous gatefold cover. Gleemen were no other than the mighty Garybaldi before a name change. €18
Goad: Masquerade. Black Widow BWR 122 2LP. March 2011. With this new work, Goad returns to break up the ground native to rock.
Goblin: Amo Non Amo. AMS (AMS69LP). Jan. 2014. This edition sees the “amo Non Amo” OST published in its entirety on vinyl. Among the ‘new’ pieces, in addition to the film version of the main issues, we have a short but wonderful "Amo Non Amo (alternate tensive film version)" and "Amo Non Amo (‘Notte’ alternate mix)": the latter is an entirely instrumental and remixed version of "Notte", which was originally inserted in "Il Fantastico Viaggio del Bagarozzo Mark". It also comes with a new cover artwork.
Goblin: Buio Omega. AMS 40 LP. 180 Gr. vinyl. Also released on clear vinyl as a special edition. Jan. 2013. Pressed on vinyl for the first time ever, this is a release awaited for years by Goblin fans; the LP is housed in a beautiful gatefold cover showing inside recording sessions photos and promotional flyers/postcards. The tracklist is that of the first 1997 CD edition.
Goblin: Contamination. AMS 39 LP. 180 Gr. reissue. 03/02/12. "Contamination" was released in 1980 as a soundtrack for the eponymous horror/science fiction film; Unkonwn by most listeners, it's a release that deserves more attention, since it shows a wide range of music styles (Jazz, funk, rock, electronic) and once again Goblin's ability in writing film scores.
Goblin: Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark. AMS 12 LP. Nov. 09. Never reissued on vinyl before, great sounding 180g high quality vinyl! The only album (78) entirely sung in Italian, this is also the most progressive and symphonic of their discography! Gatefold cover. €20
Goblin (New): In Lounge. 7" Il Giaguaro (GRC006). July 2013. Two previously unreleased cuts from psych-prog legends Goblin, respectively dated 1975 and 1977, released on 45 rpm and originally only sold along with “Il Giaguaro” magazine, are finally available again after years of hiatus!
Goblin (New): Live in Roma. AMS 54 2LP. Street date: 11/05/12. Deluxe edition in double coloured LP of the recent "Live in Roma" (already available as a 2-CD set), which is actually the first official live album for Goblin, here playing as "New Goblin" (see CD section for details). €25
Goblin: Non Ho Sonno. AMS33LP. Street date: 05/05/11. After a lengthy silence, Goblin reunited in 2000, again for a soundtrack for their long-time friend Dario Argento.. To increase the value of this very first release on vinyl, buyers will also get a brand new fantastic artwork by the famous Advent Productions studios, a thick and glossy Nonhosonno 90 x 60 cm megaposter, with movie artwork, reviews, discographies and much more. On the first pressing, 100 copies will be available in each of the following colours: red, blue, crystal, yellow and white. Don't wait too long!
Goblin: Patrick. AMS 37 LP. 180 Gr. reissue. 03/02/12. Patrick is an Australian thriller/horror movie made in 1978; Goblin were asked by the Italian distributor of the film, De Laurentis, to write a new soundtrack - originally composed by an Australian musician called... Brian May! - for the Italian movie market. The result is a mix of old songs chosen and added by the Cinevox Record label and new selections, strongly influenced by Alan Parsons Project.
Goblin: Profondo Rosso 35th Anniversary Edition (2010). AMS10LP. This reissue is a faithful reproduction of the very first pressing of 1975 and has 2 incredible extras: the vinyl is coloured with bloodsquirts and includes a fantastic oversized poster (66 cm x 66 cm) written by one of the biggest Goblin collectors. This poster contains the complete history of Profondo Rosso, some very rare newspaper articles of the seventies and for the first time ever the complete and detailed roster with all releases Profondo Rosso had in the last 35 years, including all images (over one hundred!!). A unique product for this truly legendary masterpiece! 666 copies limited edition! €25
Goblin: Roller. AMS 17 LPPD. Picture disc limited edition on 180gr. vinyl. Street date: 27/06/11. One of the very few Goblin records not intended to be a soundtrack!
Goblin: Roller. AMS 17 LP. Nov. 09. Never reissued on vinyl before, great sounding 180g high quality vinyl! Roller was the second record for Goblin, originally released in 1976, just after the successful score of Profondo Rosso, and is one of the very few Goblin records that was not intended to be a soundtrack.
Goblin: Suspiria. AMSLP11. Special gimmick edition. 05/02/10. Made of the usual AMS heavy 180 Gr. high quality audiophile vinyl, this reissue features nearly the same pop-up system that was to be found on the original LP, where when removed from the outer sleeve, the inner sleeve unfolded to reveal a pop-up of Dario Argento’s initials, decorated with the demonic Goblin logo and the dead ballerina poster art from Suspiria. On the reissue, this is the outer sleeve that will reveal its astounding secret as it was intended in the original project! €25
Goblin: Tenebre. AMS 32 LP. 28/09/12. This reissue of the "Tenebre" OST vinyl follows the AMS Records tradition where a poster is attached to the LP replica, gathering informations for collectors about all the known exixting versions of the release, images of the discography and movie flyers and an essay presenting the filmand the soundtrack in detail. Not to be missed by any horror movie and soundtracks fans!
Gösta Berlings Saga: Detta Har Hänt. Released by the band, this album is now presented on on white heavy 180 Gr. vinyl. Limited to 150 hand numbered copies. Comes with a set of 3 photo prints from the 2008 recording sessions. Extensive retrospective liner notes. Street date: 15/10/12. This one will run fast, don't wait too long! It will also be released on black heavy 180 Gr. vinyl. Limited to 350 copies.
Grimes Trio, Henry: Call. High Quality Vinyl. €12
Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza: Musica Su Schemi. Superior Viaduct (SV 015). Jan. 2013. LP + digital download card. Founded in the early 70's, this was a collective of Italian composers that included Ennio Morricone on trumpet!! Gruppo aspired to revolutionize composition through group improvisation and—like their peer Karlheinz Stockhausen, musique concrète, aleatory (controlled chance) techniques and early electronic music.
Guru Guru: Live In Bremen, 12 September 1971. Lilith Dig-A-Log (LR331LP). 180 gr. LP + free CD of the album plus one bonus track. 16/02/12. This album, recorded live at Radio Bremen in 1971 features the 23 minutes long “Der LSD Marsch” (“The LSD March”) from their debut album, UFO. Here Neumeier’s superlative drumming is given center stage and one can hear why Mani has consistently earned such high praise. The remaining two songs come from their second album (1971’s Hinten): the 22-minute extended prog tribute to “Bo Diddley" and the aptly titled “Space Ship”, an extensive sonic trip of 15+ minutes(!), only found on the bonus CD
Guru Guru: Live in Wiesbaden 1972. B13 (B163). Street date: 23/08/12. Format:140 gram LP on red vinyl with yellow label in PVC sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies). By the time this album was recorded, bassist Uli Trepte had left the band to play with Neu! and Faust and was replaced with Bruno Schaab of Night Sun (the stellar German prog metal band). This early live album, recorded in front of a crowd of dedicated fans, is essential listening, featuring two extended tracks, the 28-minute “Oxymoron” and the 23-minute Guru Guru classic “Baby Cake Walk”. €16
Guru Guru: Live in Wiesbaden 1972 / 1973. B13 (B164). Street date: 23/08/12. Format:140 gram LP on clear red vinyl with white label in PVC sleeve with black lettering (limited edition 500 copies). With the 37-minutes long freakout “Ooga Booga” and new bass player Hans Hartmann (arguably Guru Guru’s best in a long line of bass players) in the '73 concert, this live recording in Wiesbaden is a nice addition or complement to the previous Wiesbaden release (B163). €16
Guru Guru: Tango Fango. Revisited Records LP reissue. 2009. €18
Hancock, Herbie: Thrust. LP. €12
Hancock, Herbie: The Joni Letters. New 2007 album released as a limited 2LP edition. Features singerNorah Jones among others.
Hansson & Karlsson: Man at the Moon. Universal (060252794541). Street date: 16/04/12. LP reissue of the third and last album of the Swedish duo.
Hansson & Karlsson: Monument. Universal (060252794540). Street date: 16/04/12. LP re-issue of the debut album from 1967 by the Swedish duo
Harmonia: Deluxe. Lilith Dig-A-Log LP+CD (LR356LP). Feb. 2013. 180 Gr. vinyl gatefold LP with bonus CD on one package! Formed in the early seventies by Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Dieter Moebius of Cluster with Michael Rother of Neu!. Although this Kraut rock supergroup produced only two albums, their minimalist sound laid the groundwork for ambient and motorik rock for decades to come. Leaning slightly more towards Cluster's sound for their second and last release, 1975's De luxe featured more structured songs, along with a sparse spattering of vocals, and the guest appearance of Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru on a few tracks. €17
Harmonia: Musik Von Harmonia. Lilith Dig-A-Log LP+CD (LR355LP). Feb. 2013. 180 Gr. vinyl gatefold LP with bonus CD on one package! €17
Hawkins, Coleman: The Hawk Swings. Doxy (DOX882LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. Feb. 2013. Recorded in NYC in 1960 with Thad Jones (trumpet), George Duvivier (bass), Eddie Costa (piano and vibes), and Osie Johnson (drums). €16
Hawkwind: Xenon Codex. Deluxe limited edition on red vinyl of the fifteenth studio album by the English space rock band, released in 1988. 2LP. Feb. 14.
Heldon: Interface. Superior Viaduct (SV029). 2013. LP reissue of the band's 6th album. Interface is loud, dark and unrelenting with a maximal approach to minimalism that would go on to inform the cold wave scene in the late ’70s.
Hemphill, Julius: Raw Materials And Residuals. Black Saint Dig-A-Log LP+CD (BS520004). Street date: 03/03/14. Recorded in New York in 1977, this album explodes like a face off between Hemphill’s unique reeds, Abdul Wadud’s deep pizzicato and Don Moye’s frantic drive
Henry, Pierre: Le Voyage. Doxy 180 Gr. LP (DOZ424LP). Dec. 2013. Available again, after being out of print for decades! €15
Henry Cow: Concerts. Recommended Records (RERVHC5DLP). 180 gram 2LP double gatefold + printed inner with liner notes / photos. Oct. 2012. An essential piece in European progressive rock of the seventies, this live album by Henry Cow is finally reissued on double vinyl with updated content and rare and unseen photos!
Henry Cow: In Praise of Learning. Recommended Records (RERVHC3LP). Oct. 2011. 180 gr. LP reissue of this timeless classic originally released on Virgin in 1975. €16
Henry Cow: Unrest. Recommended Records (RER 1404). April 2011. LP reissue of the 2nd *sock* album, the one preferred by the amateurs and Fred Frith himself!
Holiday, Billie: The Commodore Days. Doxy (DOX846). Street date: 20/02/14. The 'Strange Fruit session' for Commodore, was one of those historic moments and part of Billie Holiday's legend hinges on the tremendous courage it took for her go ahead and record this song, knowing that it might well mean the end of her career. Three other songs, found here, were also recorded at that session, while due to contractual issues, the remaining Commodore sides were not recorded until five years later in 1944.
Hopo: Dietro La Finestra (1991). CAM 001. May 2008 reissue of the 2nd album by a classical Italian prog band with references to New Trolls and even Genesis. €17,50
Hostsonaten: Winterthrough is now available on picture disc LP with one bonus track not available on the
CD version. This is a limited (500) hand numbered edition! Gatefold sleeve. Not to be reprinted!
Hunka Munka: Dedicato a Giovanna G. – AMS 52 LP. 25/05/12. Reissue on 180 gr. vinyl of the sole album made in 1972 by keyboardist Roberto Carlotto from Varese, whose nickname was Hunka Munka
I.E.M.: 1996-1999. Double vinyl edition on ToneFloat of the I.E.M. anthology collecting all the music recorded between 1996-99 by Steven Wilson's experimental Krautrock influenced project. Limited run of 500 copies on 180 gram black and white vinyl, in a deluxe spot-varnished gatefold sleeve. Remastered collection including the whole of the first album, the Escalator to Christmas 12 inch single, and bonus material.
Ibis: Canti Di Innocenza, Canti D'Esperienza (1973). Vinyl Magic VMLP094. March 09. Now made available again in exact repro of the cover and labels! and in 180 gram vinyl. Also includes the amazing original insert. Ibis was born from the split of the band New Trolls and therefore features similarities with them, an astounding blend of hard rock and classical influences.
Jacula: In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum. Black Widow BWR 051 LP. Available from April 9th 2010. The first pressing was only 300 copies! This cult album has been now restored and cleaned up, made available again!
Jacula: Pre Viam. Black Widow (BWR 135 LP). June 2011. Not to be mistaken for "Per Viam" (another album and both anagrams for vampire!), here's a great new epic, focused on the sadness, the melancholy and the suicidal tendency of the protagonist portrayed through seven fantastic musical paintings.
John Cale & Friends (Lou Reed, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Allen Lanier, Mick Ronson, and Chris Spedding): Live at the Ocean Club in New York, July 21, 1976. B 13 (B195). 140 gram LP on clear yellow vinyl in PVC sleeve (ltd. ed. 500 copies). April 2013. €16
Jono El Grande: The Choko King. Rune Grammofon (RALP 307). 25/11/11. This is Jono´s third album since 2009, but the recordings are from the period between 1995 and 2008, some of which predates his first album by four years. ”The Choko King” offers an open door into Jono´s surrealistic musical universe and is a rare gift to his increasing number of fans and anyone interested in the workings of a truly eccentric and artistic mind. The album has been meticulously assembled from home recordings, demos, rehearsal tapes, live and studio recordings and made into a completely new work by Jono himself. The sleeve paintings are by acknowledged Norwegian artist Christer Karlstad. This is a limited, numbered vinyl edition of only 300 copies with inner sleeve containing ”insanely nerdy details” on each track by Jono himself.
Joseph Jarman - Don Moye feat. Johnny Dyani: Black Paladins. Black Saint Dig-A-Log LP+CD (BS520005). Jan. 2014. In December 1979, two Art Ensemble of Chicago members - Joseph Jarman and Don Moye along with the great South African bassist Johnny Dyani gathered together under the name of Black Paladins. Inspired by the words of the great black poet Henry Dumas, the music traces a deep, dense sound path; from ancient Africa through the rural American south to the modern urban contrast.
Joy Division: Live at the Paradiso Club, Amsterdam 1980. B 13 (B183). Nov. 2012. 140 gram LP on clear vinyl in PVC sleeve with blue lettering (ltd. 500 copies). On 11 January 1980 at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Club, Joy Division played a mind-blowing 70-minute-long set to a mere handful of dedicated fans. €17
Joy Division: Live At Town Hall, High Wycomb February 20, 1980. B 13 (B204). 25/07/13. Clear green vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies.€17.
Joy Division: London February 1980. B 13 (B203). 25/07/13. A classic live date from Ian Curtis & Co. recorded at the University of London Union. Yellow vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve with blue lettering pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies.€16
Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart. Vinyl Lovers (901288). 05/01/12. LP version on clear vinyl in PVC sleeve with double-sided printed clear plastic insert. This special edition LP features all three versions of the song that transformed Joy Division from mere band into legend. In addition to the original single version, we have two versions remixed by American producers Don Gehman of John Mellencamp fame (the “radio version”) and Arthur Baker (who also produced a hit single for Africa Bambaataa around this same time). The remaining tracks include “These Days” (which appeared on the original “Love Will Tear Us Apart” single), along with “Transmission” (their debut single released in 1979) and “Atmosphere” (originally released as a France-only single) in 1980. €16
Joy Division: Preston, 28 February 1980. Picture disc LP (180 Gr.). Get Back GET 069P. Punk
Kaleidon: Free Love. Vinyl Magic (VM157LP). Jan. 2014. Reissue of the only LP ever released by Kaleidon, one of the many 'forgotten ones' from the Italian progressive rock era. This reissue is faithful to the 1973 original release
Kenny Wheeler Quintet: Flutter By, Butterfly. Soul Note Dig-A-Log LP+CD (SN521004). Street date: 06/03/14. Reissue of an album recorded in 1987 and featuring bass player Dave Holland alongside the reeds of Stan Sulzman and the impressionistic piano playing of John Taylor
King Crimson: In the Wake of Poseidon. DGM / Panegyric. Limited edition. 10/10/11. Manufactured on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl & housed in a reprint of the original stunning gatefold sleeve this edition also contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1970 pressing
Kompendium: Beneath the Waves. 7Stones Records. Street date: 22/10/12. A limited edition on double 180 gr. sea-blue vinyl. Gatefold sleeve with full colour inner sleeves. See the CD section for description of the album
Koray, Erkin: Tutkusu (GDRLP0707). This is the 4th album from 1977. Another brilliant psych-rock album obviously adorned again with some Turkish traditional music elements, though not as strongly as with "Elektronik Türküler". Here he even sings some tracks in English, giving the whole album a more occidental appeal
Alexis Korner: R&B from the Marquee. Doxy (DOK215LP) 180 gr. LP + free bonus CD of the album. Street date: 28/06/12. This album - actually recorded in London’s Decca studio despites its title - is often cited as being the very first British blues album. €17
Kotebel: Omphalos. PAT Records (PAT-002 LP). 2008. 2LP release of this album from 2006 (the 4th in Kotebel's discography). €22
Kraftwerk: Live. B13 (B168). Street date: 23/08/12. Format: 140 gram LP – grey vinyl with blue label in PVC sleeve with red lettering (limited edition 500 copies). "Kometenmelodie 1 & 2" were recorded live in Paris during the Autobahn tour in 1976 and featured the classic Schneider / Hütter / Bartos / Flür line-up. Side B was recorded live in Utrecht in 1981 shortly after the release of their prophetic "Computer World" album. €16
Kraftwerk: Live 1971. B13 (B186D). 140 gram 2LP on clear vinyl in PVC sleeve and multicolored labels (ltd. ed. 500 copies). Nov. 2012. Recorded live at the Gondel Kino (Gondola Cinema) in Bremen, Germany on 25 June 1971 (except for “Interzone” recorded on the TV program Beat-Club on 22 May 1971), with a rare trio line-up of Florian Schneider, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (soon to be of Neu!). This LP represents one of the very few recordings in existence of that brief period in Kraftwerk history after Ralf Hutter had temporarily left the band and before Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger went on to form Neu!€28
Kraftwerk: Live At Ebbet Field In Denver, May 20, 1975 / Live At Koeln Sartory Saal, March 22, 1975. B 13 (B196). 25/07/13. Clear white vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve with blue lettering pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies.€16
Lacy, Steve: Plays Monk. 180 Gr. LP. €12
La Leggenda New Trolls: Concerto Grosso n.3. 2LP ARS/IMM 1015 LP. April 2013. Limited numbered edition of 999 copies. See the CD section for a detailed description
Ladd, Mike: Negrophilia. Thirsty Ears THI 156-2. Unusual for the label, here's a LP version of an album from 2003 by a rapper in good company: keyboardist Vijay Iyer, drummer Guillermo E. Brown, trumpetist Roy Campbell and more yet!
Le Orme: Ad Gloriam (68). AMS29LP. Street date: 28/07/10. Reissue on 180 Gr. vinyl of the debut album by one of the top Italian prog bands
Le Orme: Collage. Universal LP reissue (2786148). 06/12/11. 180 gr. vinyl & gatefold cover
Le Orme:Contrappunti. Universal LP reissue (2786151). 06/12/11. 180 gr. vinyl & gatefold cover
Le Orme: Felona e Sorona. This new edition, realized 38 years after the original album's release, features the remastered original album and for the first time, the English version, output only for the UK market for the label Charisma . The "Felona e Sorona" 2LP features the original lyrics written specifically at the time by Peter Hammill. It comes packaged in a stylish LP cover which contains a booklet with rare photos and the known discography in Italian and English by journalists and Giammetti Mario Ernesto De Pascale. A rarity to grab quickly!
Le Orme: L’Aurora delle Orme (70). AMS30LP. Street date: 28/07/10. Originally released on the old label Car Juke Box, this 2nd effort was a compilation of their singles tracks. 180 Gr. vinyl reissue
Le Orme: Live in Pennsylvania (SBM 0001 LP). 2009. In 2008 Le Orme released a fantastic DVD+2CD of their performance in Bethlehem for the 2005 Nearfest. Now they reprint in a limited edition the triple vinyl of that concert. The 3 tracks making side 6 have never been released before!
Le Orme: Live Orme. Black Widow BWRCD115 (1975-77). 2LP + 10". Nov. 09. Originally released in Japan by Nexus/King Records label over 20 years ago, this new reissue contains various wonderful live performances of one of the most known Italian progressive bands and contains five bonus tracks not included in the original Japanese pressing, gathered here on the 10" LP
Le Orme: Uomo di Pezza. Universal LP reissue (2786149). 06/12/11. 180 gr. vinyl & gatefold cover
Le Stelle Di Mario Schifano: Dedicato a ... Akarma (AK 1008 LP). 28/07/11. New limited 180 gr. vinyl edition of the sole album made by this band from Rome in 1967. The album contains a side-long improvised track on side 1, closer to avantgarde or contemporary music performances than to rock. Side 2 is more conventional, with five short tracks with psych influences.
Led Zeppelin: Live At Fillmore West In San Francisco, January 9th, 1969. B13 (B211). Street date: 14/11/13. Limited edition of 500 copies on white vinyl. €16
Locanda Delle Fate: Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più. Vinyl Magic (VM166LP). Feb. 2014. The reissue of this cult album, faithful in every detail to the original of '77, finally fills a gap that many progressive Italian fans anxiously waited since too long!
Locanda Delle Fate: Live in Bloom. AMS 46 LP (clear orange vinyl). Street date: 30/03/12. This release, only available in LP format, is the last one in the series of official recordings from a magnificent and unforgettable night, the Progvention Festival in Mezzago (Milan, Italy) on November 6th 2010. Of course a limited edition that will run out very quickly!
Locanda Delle Fate: The Missing Fireflies. AltrOck Fading Records (ALTFAD001LP). April 2013. Gatefold sleeve LP. See the CD section for the description of the album
Lou Reed / John Cale / Nico: Le Bataclan '72 Vol.1 Pict. Disc LP (180 Gr.) Get Back GET 122-1P
Lou Reed / John Cale / Nico: Le Bataclan '72 Vol.2 Pict. Disc LP (180 Gr.) Get Back GET 122-2P
Madden & Harris: Fool's Paradise. Akarma 180 Gr. LP AK315LP. This Australian duo is responsible for an exceptional fusion of progressive rock and folk, as the grooves of this album, originally released in a limited edition of 500 copies, prove. Published by Jasmine Records in 1975, Fool's Paradise manages to raise from its folkish background to a fuller rock experience, with the addition of mellotron and vintage keyboards. Dave Madden and Peter Harris are here backed up by a great rhythm section composed by Paul Baker (bass) and Doug Gallagher (drums) for an amazing session that reaches its apex in the suite that gives the name to the album. Impeccable. €16
Maschera Di Cera: Le Porte Del Domani. AMS 62LP. Jan. 2013. See the CD section for the description!
Matching Mole: BBC 1972. B 13 (B202). 25/07/13. This LP combines material from three 1972 appearances on the BBC, including two for the legendary John Peel (all previously released in their entirety on CD by Hux Records). White vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve with blue lettering pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies. €16
Maxophone: S/T. (75). AMSLP23. 01/02/10. High quality, heavy 180 Gr. vinyl! €20
McDonald and Giles: S/T. Klimt Records (MJJ353LP). Gatefold LP with inside pocket. Jan. 2013. This much appreciated album also featured Michael Giles’ brother Peter (from their days with Giles, Giles & Fripp) and guest musician Steve Winwood, whose keyboard playing can be heard on “Turnham Green”. €16
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension: Now Here This. Abstract Logix. October 2012. New studio album available on a 180 gr. double vinyl Limited Collectors Edition + Download + free CD. This collector's pack includes an original signed photograph of John McLaughlin, a 4 page center fold photo, handwritten score of one tune and commentary from John McLaughlin on every piece from this album!
Misha Mengelberg / Steve Lacy / George Lewis / Arjen Gorter /Han Bennink: Change Of Season (Music of Herbie Nichols). Soul Note (SN521003). 180 gram LP + bonus CD of the album. Jan. 2013. Recorded in 1984.
Metamorfosi: ... E Fu Il Sesto Giorno. Vinyl Magic VMLP003. Deluxe edition of the debut album by this band from Rome, originally released in 1972 on the Vedette label. It has already most of the elements of "Inferno", with the peculiar voice of Jimmy Spitaleri, the strong rhythm section and the classical influenced keys, but you can also note some slight late 60's influences here. Very rare in original format, this is the first vinyl reissue ever and comes with great remastered sound, replica of the original gatefold cover and label, limited to 500 copies!
Metamorfosi: Inferno. New deluxe LP reissue for the band's unique Italian prog-rock opera and concept album from 1973! Superb gatefold cover LP edition with 180 gr. vinyl, all lyrics in the inner sleeve and original LP labels.
Mike Westbrook Concert Band, The : Celebration. Klimt Records (MJJ368LP). Street date: 21/11/13. Originally released on Deram in 1967, Celebration is one of the most important albums of the 1960s British progressive and avant-garde Jazz scene. The Mike Westbrook Concert Band included some of the UK’s most important jazz figures of the time, including John Surman, Mike Osborne, and Harry Miller. Available once again on LP for the first time in over 40 years. €16
Miles Davis Sextet, The: Jazz At The Plaza. Doxy (DOX898LP). 22/08/13. Another fine live recording from 1958, recorded at the Edwardian Room of the Plaza Hotel for a bunch of record biz execs celebrating the success of Columbia Records jazz division. €16
Mingus, Charles: Jazz Composers Workshop. Doxy (DOX883LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. Feb. 2013. €16
Mingus, Charles: Jazz Composers Workshop #2. Doxy (DOX884LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. Feb. 2013. €16
The Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach: S/T. Doxy (DOX863LP). Street date: 17/05/12. 180 gr. vinyl reissue. Recorded at Greenwich Village’s Café Bohemia on December 23rd, 1955, this brilliant live performance is an example of Mingus' well-known Jazz Workshop period, with Mal Waldron on piano, while George Barrow and Eddie Bert play tenor sax and trombone, respectively.€16
Thelonious Monk With Sonny Rollins & Frank Foster : Monk. Doxy (DOX853LP). Jan. 2014. Features a cover artwork by Andy Warhol, 1954. This album also had Art Blakey on drums and features Julius Watkins on French horn, as well as trumpetist Ray Copeland. €16
Monk, Thelonious: Monk in France. Doxy (DOX901LP). 26/09/13. Thelonious Monk and his quartet spent a good chunk of 1961 touring Europe including this date, recorded at Olympia in Paris on April 18th.
Mothers Of Invention, The : FZ at Artisan. B13 (B152). 07/12/11. 140 gram LP Clear vinyl in transparent PVC sleeve with blue lettering; limited edition 500 copies. Recorded live between October 1968 and May 1969, these tracks were chosen, produced and mastered by Frank Zappa himself at Artisan Sound in Hollywood, CA in mid-1969. The album includes rare live versions of tracks recorded during The Mothers’ first European tour (Autumn 1968) and at various locations around the USA (mostly in 1969). €16
Paul Motian Trio: One Time Out. Soul Note (SN521001). 180 gram LP + bonus CD of the album. Jan. 2013. A truly unique trio in the history of modern jazz, the legendary Paul Motian (drums), along with the magnificent Bill Frisell (guitar) and Joe Lovano (tenor sax), represent the perfect balance between tradition and innovation.
Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond : Quartet. Doxy (DOX867LP) 180gr. LP. 28/06/12. Recorded in August 1957, this was Mulligan and Desmond’s first collaborative effort. A blend of standards and original compositions like Desmond’s “Blues In Time”, and Mulligan’s hit song “Line For Lyons”, Quartet is an absolute classic of Cool. €16
Murple: Io Sono Murple. AMS 44 LP. Vinyl reissue with the same gatefold cover and insert as the original from 1974.
The first 300 copies are pressed in green vinyl.
Murray, David: Ming. Black Saint Dig-A-Log (BS520003). 180 gram LP + CD. Oct. 2012. A key work in Murray's discography and his debut as leader of this historic octet. €17.
Museo Rosenbach: Zarathustra (73). Sony/Bmg 88697428191. 30/01/09. One of the masterpieces of Italian progressive rock finally reprinted on 180 gr. vinyl with digital remastered sound! Gatefold sleeve. €21
Mushroom: Early One Morning. 180 gram LP. AK328LP. Originated in Dublin in 1972, Mushroom were one of the top folk prog Irish bands of the period. A collector's item, Early One Morning is now reissued with four bonus tracks that were originally released as singles. €16
Nektar: Down to Earth. Sireena Records (SIREENA4015). 12/03/12. 1974's "Down To Earth" with Hawkwind friend Robert Calvert acting as ringmaster for the progressive circus is a tremendous listen. This edition also includes the reproduction of a classic live Nektar Poster
Nektar: Remember The Future. Sireena Records (SIREENA4011). Street date: 15/06/11. This edition comes in 180 gram heavy-weight vinyl and includes a reproduced Promo 7" Single with two radio versions. For the very first time! "Remember The Future" was originally released in 1973 and for many fans it always has been the masterpiece by the anglo-German band
Nero, Leo: Vero. AMSLP22. Street date: 20/01/2010. Behind this name is in fact keyboardist Gianni Leone, here in 1977 starting a solo career after the disbanding of his band Il Balletto di Bronzo . The album was recorded in New York in 1976 and is reissued for the very first time on a great sounding 180g high quality vinyl! (it had shortly previously seen a limited vinyl reissue in Japan). The album is totally played and sung by Leo himself; the sound is mainly keyboard based but Leone played drums, minimoog bass lines and even guitar on some tracks. €20
New Trolls: Concerto Grosso. Deluxe LP Vinyl Magic VMLP129. May 2008. Here's a limited, wonderful reissue of the original album from 1971, with its gatefold cover and original label replicas. €17,50
New Trolls: S/T. Vinyl Magic 180 Gr. LP VM133LP. Sept. 08. The songs of this 2nd album from 1970 are still a pleasure to listen today; they are real beat and psych inspired killers, highlighted by great vocal harmonies and an Hendrix-inspired guitar playing. Not yet prog but catchy and well crafted! €18
New Trolls: Searching For A Land. Vinyl Magic 2LP (VMLP139). May 2009. Brilliant reissue of the 1972 double album by Italian prog hitmakers, mostly sung in English. One of the 4 sides is a live recording. This wonderful reissue is an exact replica of the original, with the gatefold cover with top flap. A very nice collectable. 180g vinyl.
New Trolls: Senza Orario, Senza Bandiera. Vinyl Magic 180 Gr. LP VM130LP. Sept. 08. Finally on LP again the legendary New Trolls debut album from 1969! The lyrics where written for them by singer songwriter Fabrizio De André, while music arrangements were due to a man that would become the producer of Le Orme! €18
Nilovic, Janko: Funky Tramway. Vadim Music (VAD036LP). 180gr. LP. 05/07/11. Doted with a great reputation and very stable value in the often fluctuating rare groove market, Funky Tramway is often considered to be one of the rarest and most well developed of Janko Nilovic’s records, easily rivalling his famous cult album Rythmes Contemporains. €17
No-Man: Returning Jesus. Reissued on the Tonefloat label in a lavish triple vinyl format, No-Man's acclaimed 2001 album has never looked or sounded better. The first two LPs comprise a re-mastered version of the existing album as well as all the EP tracks officially released during the period. The third LP contains previously unreleased alternate versions and demos made during the five year period Returning Jesus was being recorded. The initial limited edition of 500 copies is available on 180 gram marbled multi-coloured vinyl housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.
No-Man: Schoolyard Ghosts. May 2008. A special limited edition of only 1.000 copies worldwide is pressed on coloured 180 grams double vinyl, and housed in a numbered cardboard slipcase, that also contains a full-colour 16page 12x12inch picture booklet, plus a 7inch with three exclusive schoolyard ghosts demos, written and recorded by Tim Bowness.
No-Man: Speak. Burning Shed. Deluxe 180 gram heavyweight vinyl edition in a lavish gatefold sleeve. The first 500 copies are pressed on marbled multi-coloured vinyl, and include an additional one-sided bonus 12" featuring the CD bonus track The Hidden Art Of Man Ray. Considered by Steven and Tim to be one of their finest works, the tracks date from the very earliest years of the band (1988-89), but were subject to re-recording and re-mixing in 1999.
No-Man: Together We're Stranger. This new 180g white vinyl version of the album comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and contains a previously unreleased 'drum' mix of "The Break-up For Real" and the album outtake "bluecoda".
Nuova Raccomandata Con Ricevuta Di Ritorno, La : Il Pittore Volante. AMSLP25. 16/02/10. 300 copies in black vinyl. After more than 30 years, Raccomandata Ricevuta di Ritorno is back and hits the streets with an astounding record with even more astounding guests, including Claudio Simonetti (Goblin), Lino Vairetti (Osanna) and even Carl Verheyen (Supertramp. €20
Omega: 10.000 Paces. Moiras Records (CALP010). 15/12/11. This compilation available only on vinyl grabs the forgotten tracks of the early era between 68 and 70, including rare English versions, unreleased demo recordings and even a bonus track on a theme unusual for late 60s beat. €20
Opus Avantra: Lord Cromwell. Artis (AR003LP). 16/09/11. Reissue of the 2nd album, which didn't feature singer Donella Del Monaco. €18
Os Mutantes: S/T. Lilith Dig-A-Log LR336LP. 23/02/12. 180 gr. LP + free CD of the album. With the release of their debut LP in 1968, Os Mutantes cracked the already red hot Tropicalia scene wide open. Fusing traditional Brazilian music, psychedelia, rock and a good dose of pure experimentalism, they quickly became giants both in Brazil and in the outer fringes of pop music, where they have managed to reign supreme for the past four decades.€16
Osage Tribe: Arrow Head. Vinyl Magic VM50LP. 23/03/12. Still considered a must-have for any Italian Prog listener, "Arrow Head" is now reissued as an audiophile 180 gr. black vinyl, enclosed in a gatefold cover faithful to the beautiful original edition from 1972. The band was founded by Franco Battiato.
Osage Tribe: Hypnosis. AMS 68LP. May 2013. This new album by a reborn group - and most of the original line-up- combines songs from the legendary debut album revisited in a hard-prog key, with new tracks in the same style, while "Delitto Erotico" and the title-track show oriental influences.
Osanna: Milano Calibro 9. Vinyl Magic VMLP092. Osanna's 2nd album, originally released in 1972 on Fonit and used as film soundtrack under this title (the original title being "Preludio, Tema, Variazioni, Canzona"). Now available again, with the original gatefold cover and label replicas. Limited to 500 copies.
Osanna: Palepoli. Vinyl Magic VMLP127. Deluxe LP. Now available again with the original gatefold cover, label replicas and the printed inner sleeve including the lyrics. Limited to 500 copies. Palepoli - Osanna's third album - was originally released in 1973 and contains three long tracks only, the first of them an amazing mixture of progressive rock with local Napoli folk. The whole album has excellent guitar and powerful rhythm section, and the production of the record is fantastic.
Osanna: Rosso Rock (LPRG2212). Sept. 2012. See the CD section for details.
Osanna & David Jackson: Prog Family. AMS 16LP. Sept. 09. After the CD release, here comes a gatefold double LP with over 70 minutes of music (see details on the CD section under Italy)
Out Of Focus: Four Letter Monday Afternoon. Missing Vinyl Records (MV006). June 2009. From a vinyl-only label who specializes in music the world has been missing out on for decades, here's a fully authorized, limited deluxe exact double LP reissue on 180g vinyl of the third album from 1972 by one of the finest German Krautrock groups, almost entirely instrumental and with a strong brassy touch.. Expertly remastered from the mastertapes. Contains one bonus track (When I'm Sleeping).
Out Of Focus: S/T. Missing Vinyl Records (MV005). 2009. From the same label, this heavy progressive Krautrock from the very early 70's, with lots of organ/guitar/flute riffing; this is their jazzier 2nd album, from 1971, which includes the seventeen-minute long "Fly Bird Fly Television Program" (a great song, a great song title); extended instrumentals and abundant solos. Fully authorized. Limited, deluxe exact reissue on 180g vinyl, expertly remastered from the mastertapes.
Out Of Focus: Wake Up. Missing Vinyl Records (MV004). 2009. This is the first album (1970) of heavy progressive Krautrock by one of the finest Krautrock groups with organ, flute, and guitar riffing to satisfy even the greatest requirements; fully authorized. Limited, deluxe exact reissue on 180g vinyl, expertly remastered from the mastertapes.
Paatos: Sensors. Mellotronen. 2007. A live LP recorded in Germany, Holland and France. The 180 gram LP is housed in a thick gatefold sleeve. Release strictly limited to 500 copies.
Paatos: Silence Of Another Kind. Mellotronen. 2006. Very nicely done with foldout cover, printed innersleeve. Comes in black vinyl (800 copies) and in white vinyl (200 copies). Great album!
Paatos: Timeloss. Mellotronen. 2003. An emotional and very melodic album with dark passages. Housed in a nice gatefold sleeve with a different booklet than on the CD. The first 300 copies in coloured vinyl.
Paese dei Balocchi, Il : S/T. Vinyl Magic VMLP125. Reissue on 180gr. vinyl of the sole album made in 1972 by this Italian prog band from Rome, formed in 1971. Here is a typical Italian symphonic prog album with strong classical influences and keyboards as lead instrument; it contains two long suites divided into small movements. €20
Pagani, Mauro: S/T. Vinyl Magic (VM115LP). March 2013. 180 Gr. vinyl reissue. The vinyl transfer has been made for the first time with the DMM technology (Direct Metal Mastering), with the aim of offering an even better sound quality. €20
Jimmy Page, Sonny Boy Williamson & Brian Auger: Jam Session. Charly Records (180 Gr.). Recorded in April 1964, this album is the third jam session Sonny Boy Williamson recorded during his stay in London.
Pangea: Invasori. AMS-Vinyl Magic (AMSLP02). Deluxe LP. This is a conceptual album with 10 tracks put together into 2 long suites, some long instrumental and much elaborated parts, Italian lyrics. It's spacey progressive music with some pop hints too. It was out on Philips in 1976 but only in promotional form and without a cover! It comes today in gatefold cover, obviously new artwork, great sound and is limited to 500 copies that will sell-out very fast! €17,50.
Panna Fredda: Uno. Vinyl Magic (VM118LP). 27/01/12. With the first 300 copies pressed on clear transparent vinyl, here's a reissue of the sole album made by this band from Rome in 1971. Some English prog influences can be heard and classical influences are evident, especially in the keyboard parts.
Panzerpappa: Astromalist. Rune Grammofon (RLP3135). Street date: 12/10/12. New album by the Norwegian Canterburians!
Parker, Charlie: On Dial Vol. 1. Doxy (DOX900LP). 26/09/13. Featuring material recorded during several sessions between February and July of 1946 for the Dial label
Pascal, Gigi & La Pop Compagnia Meccanica : S/T. June 2011. Limited numbered edition of 500 copies! Great and very rare album (probably pressed in just a few hundreds copies in 1973) with the Hammond organ and drums as main instruments; the music has some nice classical influences, long tracks and very good, complex arrangements !
Patterson, Ben: A Fluxus Elegy. Limited edition (17 VOCSON). Avant garde. The new Ben Patterson piece, issued as a one-sided LP on Alga Marghen's VocSon series, is based on the basic principles of the polyphonic music of the Bantu tribes of West and Central Africa.
Pat Metheny Group: Missouri, June 1979. B13 (B210). Street date: 14/11/13. Culled from the touring behind their breakout hit LP, American Garage, this LP features some of their finest live recordings of that year, in the guitarist's home state of Missouri. Absolutely essential jam jazz from the master of the genre, in a limited edition of 500 copies on clear vinyl. €16
Pelletier, Jean-Claude: Streaking. Vadim Music (VAD037LP). 180gr. LP. 05/07/11. Finally, one of European rare groove’s holy grails is rereleased, “a dance record like no other” as the presentation on the back of its cult sleeve with the naked runner proudly announces. €17
Pere Ubu: Pennsylvania. Vinyl Lovers (901295). 180 gr. LP + free 33 RPM 7”. 02/02/12. On this album originally released in 1998 in the UK, David Thomas and original guitarist Tom Herman, reunite for the first time in over 20 years; the free single includes “My Name Is ...” - with Jim Jones on organ and drum machine and David Thomas playing the vocals from a Mac - and “Fly’s Eye (alt. mix)”. €15
PFM: A.D.2010 La Buona Novella Opera Apocrifa. Edel / Aerostella 0204902AER-CD(2010). 2LP edition. See details above (News page or Progressive page -> Italy).
PFM: The World Became The World. Cherry Red Phonograph (CRP114LP). LP reissue with the original die-cut cover and printed innersleeve. Street date: 23/02/12. This edition of PFM’s second album for Manticore (74) has been remastered from the analog tapes. €16
Pieranunzi / Johnson / Baron: Deep Down. Soul Note (SN521002). 180 gram LP + bonus CD of the album. Jan. 2013. Album recorded in 1986.
Pooh, I: Contrasto (VMRS358). Strictly limited reissue of 500 copies with original (and great) artwork and improved sound quality. This is their 2nd album from 1968. Rare and nearly gone by March 2008. €30
Pooh, I: Per quelli come noi (VRM36033). Strictly limited reissue of 500 copies with original (and great) artwork and improved sound quality. This is their debut album from 1966. Rare and nearly gone by March 2008. €30
Pooh, I: Memorie. VPA 8083 LP. Sept. 2012. This album from 1969 was the last released by Vedette Records, before the band moved on to CBS. Enclosed in a beautiful gatefold cover, a replica of its original version, the LP is here enhanced by the attached 7" single "Nel buio / Cose di questo mondo" (1967), in its rarest alternate cover version. €28
Pooh, I: Opera Prima. Vinyl Magic (VM158LP). Feb. 2014. Vinyl Magic reissue of the band's fourth album from 1971, faithful to the original gatefold pressing. 'Splatter effect' coloured vinyl. €20
Popol Vuh: Einsjäger Und Siebenjäger. Spalax. With Daniel Fischescher
Porcupine Tree: Deadwing. August 2005: A small number of copies are remaining of this deluxe 2LP blue vinyl edition in thick gatefold sleeve with poster. Side 4 also includes the tracks from the Lazarus CD single "So Called Friend" and "Half-light".
Porcupine Tree: Fear Of A Blank Planet. Finally for all vinyl fanatics comes the double LP edition of Fear of a Blank Planet, issued by vinyl specialists ToneFloat. The double vinyl edition includes the album as well all 4 tracks from the the Nil Recurring mini album, all on 180 gram vinyl, packed in a state of the art heavy gatefold picture sleeve with innerbags, designed by Carl Glover.
Porcupine Tree: Moonloop. Vinyl preorder can be sent in March 2006. Issued originally on CD in 2001 for the fan club in an edition of 500 copies, this is a limited vinyl edition of the most sought after Porcupine Tree release. A long spacey, psychedelic improvisation of over forty minutes in length, moonloop is regarded as the holy grail for fans of Porcupine Tree's space rock era. Available in a limited run on white vinyl and housed in a twelve inch dark blue PVC, screen printed bag this will no doubt become as sought after as the original CD edition.
Porcupine Tree: On The Sunday of Life. 2LP. This continues Headspin's reissuing of the whole PT Delerium years catalogue. Deluxe remastered black vinyl double LP in a gatefold sleeve. Porcupine Tree's 1992 debut is an album that stands up a modern day psychedelic classic. With acid warped lyrics, quirky melodies, effected vocals and trippy backwards guitar work, the album also hints at the direction the band would take later
Porcupine Tree: Stupid Dream. Porcupine Tree's 1999 studio album released on black vinyl as a deluxe double LP set on US label Gates of Dawn. The remaster of the original album is on sides 1-3, and side 4 contains bonus tracks Ambulance Chasing and Even Less (full length 14 minute version). Comes in a lavish thick gatefold sleeve using the new artwork created by Lasse Hoile, and designed by Carl Glover. Previously available pressed on grey vinyl.
Porcupine Tree: The Incident. This most ambitious statement of intent to date is available in both regular and special double vinyl editions. The special edition is limited to 2000 copies worldwide, and features the two discs in separate picture sleeves together with a superb 48-page 12" book housed in a custom printed pvc slipcase.
Porcupine Tree: Up The Downstair. 2LP Burning Shed. Porcupine Tree have released a new double vinyl version in beautiful gatefold cover and inner sleeves. Content is the same as the new 2004 2 CD remaster, except that record two, Staircase Infinities, also includes a bonus track from the same era, Phantoms (this track can also be found on the Stars Die CD anthology).
Porcupine Tree: We Lost The Skyline. On the 4th october 2007 Porcupine Tree showed up for an in-store performance and signing session at park avenue cds in Orlando, Florida, with 200 fans also in attendance. Although it was originally planned that the full band would play, lack of space dictated that it was only the two guitarists/singers Steven Wilson & John Wesley who delivered an impromptu performance, including many songs rarely (if ever) played by the band, making for a very special and intimate show. Fortunately this one-off event was captured by a remote recording facility and the complete 8 song, 33 minute performance is now being released by Tonefloat in a 180 Gr. vinyl edition with a gatefold picture sleeve created by photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover.
Presley, Elvis: Sunshine. Universe pict. LP UV164LP. All Elvis's early Sun Studios recordings on one extraordinary and collectable picture disc. Recorded at SUN Studios, 1955. €16
Procession: Fiaba. Vinyl Magic VMLP123. Deluxe LP. With this second and last album from 1974, Fiaba moved away from hard rock. With a new line-up (only keeping guitarist and vocalist from their original line-up), Procession made it different, and still much better. Fiaba is an astounding piece of progressive rock with a slight symphonic feel, with guitar, bass, drums, flute and sax, and occasional keys, now reissued in its gatefold cover and also label's replica.
Raccomandata Con Ricevuta Di Ritorno: Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo. Deluxe LP Vinyl Magic VMLP117. May 2008 reissue of their sole album, released in 1972 on Cetra-Fonit. The original LP came out in a gorgeous gatefold cover with a very nice drawing in the inner gatefold and it's a particularly hard to find item. Typical Italian progressive sound with acoustic guitar, flutes and lots of keyboards, along with some jazz influences. A good representative album from the Italian progressive golden years. €17,50
Radius, Alberto: Radius. Oct. 08. Very limited reissue by BMG/Sony of this solo album from 1972 by the guitarist of Formula 3. This album has several members of Area guesting on a few tracks + other guests as well!
Reale Impero Britannico, Il: Perché Si Uccidono. AMS LP13. Sept. 09. Released in a very small batch of copies in January 1976 as the soundtrack of an obscure movie, this recording is a gem for collectors because it features the members of Goblin at a time where they still called themselves Cherry Five. An essential and rare record for Goblin lovers, that will suit both all psychedelic and progressive minds! €18
Residents, The: Residue Of The Residents. Superior Viaduct (SV073). Format: 2LP. Street date: 27/03/14. Originally released on Ralph Records in 1983 and spanning The Residents’ career up to that point, this first-time vinyl reissue has been expanded to a double LP and contains 26 songs, a collection of outtakes, rare tracks and other experiments from this legendary San Francisco collective.
Residents, The: Santa Dog. 2 x 7" from Superior Viaduct (SV072). Street date: 27/03/14. First-time vinyl reissue of their debut release, first appeared in 1972 on the equally enigmatic Ralph Records / Cryptic Corporation, complete with Christmas-themed fold-out sleeve. The package is an essential artifact for devout fans and beginners!
Roach, Max: We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. So Far Out (OUT5001LP) 180 Gr. vinyl. Feb. 2013. LP reissue of a classic gem! Recorded in August 1960, was the first of several jazz-as-protest albums explicitly to voice the growing demand for equal rights. Conceived as a suite by Roach, its composer and arranger, the album features a shifting cast of players, with only Roach and singer Abbey Lincoln heard throughout. €16
Rocchi, Claudio: Il Miele dei Pianeti, le Isole, le Api (1974). Sony (88691988991) LP reissue. Street date: 13/04/12. A transitional album that would begin to pull the mystical, improvisational drone-folk back from the edges of space and reassert a more deliberate song structure here and there. Rocchi was helped here by musicians from Aktuala and this introduces a different flavor, compared to his previous few albums.
Rocky's Filj: Storie Di Uomini E Non (1973). Sony 88697512641. May 2009. Definitely a band that deserved more consideration, Rocky's Filj broke up soon after the album was recorded. The album is jazz-rock oriented, but all the tracks have vocals, and Rocky's voice is very original.
Rollins, Sonny: Freedom suite. Doxy Dig-A-Log (DOK213LP). 180 gr. LP + 2 extra tracks and bonus CD of the album! 15/03/12. Recorded in 1958, this historic album cemented Rollins’ status as one of the greatest innovators in jazz. Experimenting for the first time with the “extended format” in a sax-led trio, Rollins and his all-star rhythm section (Oscar Pettiford on bass and Max Roach on drums) get down to business with the groundbreaking 19-minute “Freedom Suite”, which Rollins uses to draw a parallel between freedom in music and freedom for African Americans in the 1950s. Featuring two bonus tracks, including the Roach / Pettiford original, “There Will Never Be Another You”.
Roversi, Cristiano: AntiQua. Ma.Ra.Cash Records (MRC LP 02). 19/11/12. Solo project from Moongarden's keybardist! Says Roversi: "AntiQua is a strange land where time flows at a more natural pace, I don’t really know if it’s on our planet, or even if it exists in the past, present or future, near or far…AntiQua manifests when we need it, every time we give in to dreams and forget about the daily grind. It is a goblet of wine in a candlelit tavern."
Samadhi: S/T (VMLP124). New vinyl reissue with the original artwork, label replicas and remastered sound. €17
Savages, The: Live In The Studios Of Columbia University’s WKCR On March 21, 1974. B13 (B209). Street date: 14/11/13. An absolutely electric performance from Sonny & Linda Sharrock, with their group, The Savages, recorded for NYC radio station WKCR. Sonny’s guitar playing on this set is a revelation and Linda’s wordless vocals complement it perfectly. Groove based experimental jazz at its absolute finest. Limited edition of 500 copies on transparent yellow vinyl. €16
Schipa Jr., Tito: Orfeo 9. Vinyl Magic (VM134LP). 2LP. Oct. 2013. This double album was one of the first examples of pop operas in Italy. Influenced by classical music, Schipa released a beautiful work that can be hardly described as a proper rock album, but surely falls into the progressive music field. It featured for example Brainticket's leader Joel Vandroogenbroeck and drummer Tullio De Piscopo. Faithful reproduction of the original edition, including the additional lyrics booklet.
Schulze, Klaus: Midi Klassik. Vinyl Lovers (901301). 180 gr. 2LP. 31/05/12. Released briefly on CD in 1994 and never before released on vinyl, electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze gives here a new reading of well-known compositions by Smetana, Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, among others. €20
Schulze, Klaus: Mirage. Revisited Records (B0023P7ZW6). 2009 LP reissue. Will include a 16 page booklet in "original design". €19
Schulze, Klaus: X. Revisited Records. 26-06-2009 2LP reissue of the album from 78. Will include an impressive booklet in the "original design". €24
Scorch Trio with Mars Williams: Made in Norway. Rune Grammofon (RLP 2119). 09/11/11. Vinyl only release in a numbered, limited edition of only 500. White vinyl. Classic double live album from this free spirited international trio, this time expanded with Chicago sax player Mars Williams. Recorded at Oslo´s Café Mono and at the Nattjazz festival in Bergen, both in May 2011, this fully shows how new drummer Frank Rosaly now is a perfect partner to founders Raoul Björkenheim (guitar) and bass player Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, not to mention Williams who fits in perfectly with only a minimum of rehearsals before these concerts. The interplay is simply stunning and the sound is of studio quality. Sporting a beautiful gatefold sleeve this is simply a great package all around.
Semiramis: Dedicato a Frazz (1973). TRI 1004 LP. New reissue in 180 gr. vinyl LP for collectors of the unique Semiramis Italian progresive album from 1973. Now available in limited edition LP with green vinyl. Only 200 copies available!
Senogul: S/T. PAT Records (PAT-001 LP). 2008. 2LP release of the debut album by a Spanish instrumental band hailing from Asturias. Mediterranean flavored prog rock crossed with jazz-rock. €22
Sensation's Fix: Fragments of light. Ltd. Edition. Superior Viaduct (SV027 LP). Dec. 2013. Reissue of this stellar proggy krautrock debut album, originally released on Polydor in 1974. Fluid, meditative guitar leads and innovative use of synthesizers, combined with a noted lack of percussion (and vocals) on all but a few songs, have drawn comparisons to Kosmische legends Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh.
Siena Root: Different Realities. Headspin Records (HSLP314). 17/10/09. Limited 180 gram vinyl issue of the 4th album from this Swedish quartet, housed in a deluxe gatefold 'embossed' sleeve! We get here 2 long tracks, divided into 10 pieces, whereof the first section is a classic Siena Root sounding experience, recalling bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, but with a more psychedelic edge. The 2nd part is an Indian inspired piece filled with stoned moments, sitars, tablas and of course electric instruments.
Simmons, Sonny: Music From The Spheres. €12
Simone, Nina: At Carnegie Hall. Doxy ACV 2LP(ACV4002). Feb. 2014. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV) (scroll and check definition at Doxy Audiophile). This concert held on May 12th 1963 was her first at the famous venue. Side 3 & 4 consist in exceptional bonus tracks!! €16
Simone, Nina: Nina At Town Hall. 4 Men With Beards 4m129 180 Gr. LP. One of Nina Simone's finest recordings, this 1959 Colpix LP features the unique singer/pianist performing classic versions of "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," "The Other Woman," and "Wild Is the Wind." with supportive work from bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Al "Tootie" Heath. €17,5
Simone, Nina: The Amazing Nina Simone. 4 Men With Beards 4m126 180 Gr. Nina's second LP, originally released in 1959. €17,5
Slits, The: Cut. 4 Men With Beards 180 gram LP (4M506). Originally released in 1979, the debut from British all-girl post-punk band The Slits is available on 180 gram vinyl for the first time. Mixing a punk attitude and D.I.Y style with reggae rhythms and dub recording techniques, The Slits made some of the most avant pop of the period, which still sounds fresh and innovative today. €18
Soft Machine: Live at Het Turfschip, Netherlands, 31 January 1970. Vinyl Lovers 180 gr. 2LP (901240). 12/01/12. Especially interesting if only because this double LP represents the only existing recording of a very rare and short-lived quintet version of the band. Sax/ flute player Lyn Dobson was the fifth member here, left over from the band’s days as a septet. Just three months later Dobson would move on, leaving the classic Ratledge-Dean-Hopper-Wyatt line-up in place. €20
Soft Machine: The Earliest Recordings. B13 (B159). Format: 140 gram LP on clear vinyl in PVC sleeve with blue lettering & red label (limited edition 500 copies). This is actually a selection of tracks taken from OOP Voiceprint releases: Canterburied Sounds Vol. 1 & 3 + Daevid Allen Trio live in 1963 (at London’s Marquee club). €16
Solal, Martial: Breathless (À Bout de Souffle) - Original Soundtrack. Doxy DOY665LP. Gatefold 180 gr. 45 rpm LP with inside pocket. 31/05/12. Don’t miss this deluxe vinyl edition of the original soundtrack to Jean Luc Godard’s 1960 masterpiece À Bout de Souffle. For the soundtrack, Godard enlisted the talents of Martial Solal, a member of the Parisian jazz scene whose low key approach gave the film exactly the ambience it needed to exude “young, cool and sexy” from every pore ... which it still does with surprising efficacy, more than 50 years later. €16
Som Ambiente: S/T. Whatmusic. April 2004. A cool and funky covers album showcasing the anonymous talents of later brazilian supergroup Azymuth!
Soft Shoe: For Those Alone. GDRLP0702. Street date late August 08. Incredibly rare folk prog record from 1978, probably ranging among the best obscure electric folk prog records coming from the UK in the late 70's. Mellow sounds, nice vocals and good arrangements. Limited to 400 copies only, coming in top quality exact replica covers of the original albums and great remastered sound. €16
Som Imaginario: S/T. Street date: 15/11/08. Sweet Dandelion (SWDDL713). Limited edition (500 copies), with remastered sound and preserving the original artwork. This debut album from 1970 is full of psychedelic effects and pounding beats, all blended with traditional Brazilian styles like Samba and Bossanova, and with that special magic that music out of this country has. Finally reissued in vinyl, this is the key to completing your Brazilian psych collection. €18
Sorrenti, Jenny: Com’è Grande Enfermidade (PS 054). 180 gr. LP. Street date: 18/05/12. New album by ex Saint Just vocalist. Her voice is better than ever and if you are into Celtic folk like Enya or Clannad, this LP is for you! Sung in italian and in other languages and dialects. Limited signed copy!
Spalding, Esperanza: Junjo. Ayva Music (AYVALP 036). 18/05/11. Limited Edition vinyl pressing (Audiophile Grade 180 Gram Vinyl). Esperanza Spalding's debut recording project, the nine-track Junjo includes original works by Esperanza, pianist Aruán Ortiz and drummer Francisco Mela in addition to handpicked classics by Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti , pianist Jimmy Rowles (The Peacocks) and Chick Corea (Humpty Dumpty).
Special Providence: Soul Alert (HRLP 1303). 2013. LP release of the Hungarian band's third album (2012 as CD).
Spirits Burning: Alien Injection. Black Widow BWR103. 2LP. A free-will multi-participant association founded by American musician, composer and producer Don Falcone.
Stalteri, Arturo: Andrè sulla Luna. Sony (88691989001) LP reissue of the debut solo album (79) by the mastermind behind the cult band Pierrot Lunaire. Street date: 13/04/12.
Stormy Six: Un Biglietto Del Tram. Vinyl Magic VM 096 LP. 27/04/12. This classic album from 75 is finally back, here officially reissued for the very first time as a 180 gr. audiophile black vinyl, with a faithful reproduction of the original release artwork.
Sun Ra: Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra vol.1 + Vol. 2. Picture Discs LP 180 gram Get Back (GET 1004P & 1005P). 65. Considered to be one of Sun Ra's finest mid '60s recordings - moreover his quintessential - The Heliocentric Worlds saw Sun Ra conducting group improvisations of a music that is extraordinary, unique and without precedent. €16
Sun Ra: Nothing Is. Get Back Picture Disc LP 180 Gr. (GET 1007P). This ESP-Disk' release was recorded during a tour of New York State colleges at the peak of the free-jazz revolution in 1966. €16
Sun Ra: Reflections In Blue. €12
Sun Ra Quartet: The Mystery Of Being: Voice Studio Rome 2, 7, 8, 13 January, 1978. Klimt Records 3LP Boxset (MJJ316TLP). Dec. 2013. Sun Ra's legendary 1978 Italian studio sessions, now available together for the first time ever on vinyl! Long sought-after by collectors, these extremely rare studio sessions were originally released in 1978 as two double LPs (New Steps and Other Voices, Other Blues) on the mysterious Italian jazz label, Horo Records. They have never been reissued on vinyl (and only partially reissued on CD) until now!
Supertramp: Breakfast In America. €15
Szabo, Gabor: In Budapest. Moiras Records (MOIRAS007LP). Street date: 30/12/08. The Hungarian-born jazz guitar legend was at the peak of his career in 1974, when he first visited his abandoned homeland after 18 years of absence. He was invited by the Hungarian Television to record a few tracks with session musicians of his choice.
Television: Adventure. 4 Men With Beards 180 gram LP (4M507). Adventure portrays the dreamier side of this groundbreaking 1970s band. €18
Television: Live at the Old Waldorf, June 29, 1978. B 13 (B190). 140 Gr. clear vinyl in clear PVC sleeve (ltd. ed. 500 copies). Jan. 2013. A professionally recorded live performance, just two months after the release of their second LP, Adventure.€16
Teoremi, I: I Teoremi. AMS 45 LP. 07/10/11. Originally released in 1972 on the small Polaris label, this debut album with a sound strongly influenced by hard rock is now reissued as a perfect replica of the original, with a textured gatefold cover and a flap on the right side. The first 300 copies are printed on white vinyl. €25
The Trio: S/T. Klimt Records (MJJ367DLP). 2LP. Street date: 21/11/13. This is a monster of avant-garde and free jazz, originally released on the Dawn label in 1970. It lined up Barre Phillips on bass, Stu Martin on drums and English saxophonist John Surman! €20
Three Monks: Neogothic Progressive Toccatas. Black Widow (BWR 132 LP). June 2011. A fantastic mix of 19th century classical romanticism and heavy prog, all centered around magnificent church organs!
Time Travellers: Chapters III & IV. Presence Records (PRELP-030). This is the 2nd opus released by this Finnish outfit mixing prog, space rock with the energy of a power rock trio
Tito Puente and His Orchestra : Dance Mania. So Far Out 180 Gr. LP (OUT5010LP). 08/08/13. Originally released in 1958, Dance Mania is amongst a handful of late 50's Latin LPs that took the sounds of mambo, cha cha, and guaguanco, out of Spanish Harlem and Puerto Rico and into the mainstream of America. Featuring conga master Ray Barretto
Toussaint, Allen: Life, Love and Faith. 4menwithbeards (4M213LP). 180 gr. LP. 29/03/12. 1972's Life, Love And Faith was Toussaint's first album for Reprise. While a soul record through and through, this effort from the multi-talented New Orleans native shares some of the singer/songwriter vibe of his contemporary labelmates, such as Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Lowell George and Little Feat. €17
Toussaint, Allen: Southern Nights. 4menwithbeards (4M214LP). 180 gr. LP. 29/03/12. This was Allen Toussaint's 1975 "swing for the fences" attempt at an all out masterpiece. Somewhat of a concept album, with reoccurring instrumental themes usually based on the title track popping up between songs, this album spawned at least two hits for other artists. €17
Trees: Live! Klint (MJJ341LP). Street date: 31/05/12. Extremely rare live in studio recordings of one of England’s most superlative female-fronted acid folk bands, recorded in 1971 and 1972 with DJ Bob Harris for BBC Radio 1. Formed in London in 1969, Trees have been likened to a more psychedelic Fairport Convention. These are mostly tracks that never appeared on either one of their studio albums (The Garden Of Jane Delawney and On The Shore both released on CBS in 1970), making it an especially significant addition for collectors. €15
Trettiåriga Kriget: Efter Efter. Mellotronen. 15/08/11. This album concludes the trilogy that began with "The Fire of Years" in 2004, Trettioåriga Kriget's amazingly strong comeback after twenty years. Vinyl edition (MELLOLP10) or multicoloured limited vinyl edition (MELLOLP10COL)
Tugs: Europa Minor. AMS 221 LP. 180gr. vinyl LP edition including a maxi 8-page 30x30cm booklet. See under CD for the detailed description of the album
Tyner, McCoy: Inception. Doxy (DOX890LP) 180 gr. vinyl. 11/07/13. This album was the pianist's debut and is essentially the John Coltrane Quartet minus Coltrane as it features Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. €16
Uno: S/T (VMLP 109). When Osanna disbanded, two of their members went to form the new group UNO, this was in 1974. That same year, they released their only album, musically quite similar to the late Osanna prog-folk sound. New reissue with the original gatefold cover, replica of the labels and 180 grams vinyl.
L'Uovo Di Colombo: S/T. AMSLP18. street date: 20/10/2010. Never reissued on vinyl before, here's a great sounding 180g high quality vinyl of the sole album released in 1973 by this Italian super group, with the very good voice of Toni Gionta , later singer in Cherry Five. He is backed by a keyboard/bass/drums trio in perfect Le Orme style, with occasional use of acoustic and electric guitar. €20
Ut New Trolls: Do Ut Des. AMS/IMM 1012LP. 2013. See the CD section for the description
Utopia: Adventures In Utopia LP €12,00
Utopia: Anthology '74-'85. 2 LP. €15,00
Utopia: Deface The Music. LP. €12,00
Van Der Graaf Generator: H To He, Who Am The Only One. Four Men with Beards (4M217LP). Dec. 2011. 180 gram gatefold LP reissue. Originally released on Charisma in 1970, this is the 3rd album from Peter Hammill's legendary British prog group. €17
Van Der Graaf Generator: Pawn Hearts. Four Men with Beards (4M218LP). Dec. 2011. 180 gram gatefold LP reissue. Released in 1971 and 4th album from the band, Pawn Hearts is an absolute classic of British progressive and cosmic space rock. €17
Van Der Graaf Generator: The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other. Four Men with Beards (4M216LP). Dec. 2011. 180 gram gatefold LP reissue. Released in 1970, it is technically the 2nd Van Der Graaf Generator album, but is the first with the full band. Recorded in late 1969 at the cutting edge Trident Studios. €17
Van Der Graaf Generator : Aerosol Grey Machine. LP. €15,00
Veloso, Caetano: Caetano Veloso. Lilith Dig-A-Log LR337. 23/02/12. 180 gr. LP + free CD of the album. Originally released in 1968, Caetano Veloso’s debut album did for Brazilian music what the Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers did for rock & roll, giving birth to the soon-to-be Tropicalia movement, which fused Brazilian music with pop, psychedelia and social awareness. €16
Velvet Underground: Live in Dallas, TX: 28 October 1969. B13 (B158). 03/05/12. 140 gr. vinyl – clear Purple vinyl in transparent PVC sleeve with yellow lettering; limited edition of 500 copies. Some of the material included here was once released on the Velvet Underground Live album, but with a bad audio quality, due to Mercury’s use of third or fourth generation tapes. However, the first generation tapes have since resurfaced and the difference in sound quality (heard here) is a welcome one! €16
Waits, Tom: Live At Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago, IL – November 21st, 1976. B 13 (B206). Street date: 14/11/13. This Chicago live date is one of the finest sessions (both in terms of performance and recording quality) from the 76-77 world tour. Featuring his classic backing group of the time, The Nocturnal Emissions, this is Waits’ at his drunken, pessimistic best. Limited edition of 500 copies on clear vinyl.
Waterloo: First Battle. Guerssen (GUESS 061). Street date: 02/09/09. Originally released in 1970, this is the sole output by the Belgian band, blending progressive rock and heavy prog, with an obvious Jethro Tull influence. This first ever official vinyl reissue offers high quality standards including an insert with extensive liners and photos.
Web: I Spider. Klimt Records (MJJ354LP). Gatefold LP with inside pocket. Jan. 2013. Third and last album from 1970 before the name changed to Samurai. €16
Wicked Minds: Visioni, Deliri e Illusioni. Black Widow BWR 136 LP. June 2011. See description for the CD edition at the top of this page!
Williamson, Harry / Smyth, Gilli / Allen, Daevid: Stroking The Tail Of The Bird. Vinyl Lovers (901462). 180 Gr. vinyl + 7" Bonus! 25/07/13. Previously released under the Mother Gong moniker, this album compiled recordings that span from the 70's to the 90's. Glissando guitars and meditative synths combine to make timeless and ethereal psychedelia on par with Allen's best work in Gong. €16
Wilson, Steven: Catalogue / Preserve / Amass. May 2012. Strictly limited to 2000 copies, here's an album of live recordings made during Wilson's solo tour in October 2011. Side two of the album is filled by one track, the 23 minutes long "Raider II"
Wilson, Steven: Unreleased Electronic Music. Burning Shed. Second black vinyl edition of this deluxe 2 LP reissue of the long out of print CDR, including one 9 minute bonus track. Comes in a full-colour gatefold sleeve designed by Lasse Hoile, featuring an SW self-portrait photograph on the front. A collection of music recorded by SW between 1990-2003 in an electronic vein that did not find a home in any of his other projects.
Wisdoom, The: Hypothalamus. Heavy Psych Sounds (HPS015). Street date: 13/02/14. The Wisdoom is a doom/sludge/heavy psych band based in Rome (Italy) and formed at the end of 2010. This is their first full length album, with 4 brand new songs for 45 minutes of pure ecstatic violence through a desperate and lysergic trip over sleep phases. Hypothalamus will be released in a limited edition of 600 copies (200 with white cover and white marbled vinyl, 200 copies with black cover and pink vinyl, 200 copies with black cover and clear vinyl).
Wyatt, Robert: The End of an Ear. Cherry Red Phonograph (CRP201). 09/09/13. Featuring significant contributions from his Soft Machine bandmate Elton Dean, amongst others, The End Of An Ear is the first solo and one of the more adventurous titles in Robert Wyatt’s catalog. It’s an album much more in line with the electronic jazz experimentation of Miles Davis and the avant-garde than the singer-songwriter material Wyatt would later be known for.
Yes: Time And A Word. MOV (MOVLP988). 180 Gr. vinyl. Release date: 17/01/14. LP reissue of the 2nd album, with insert
Yvosky, Fernando: Dos Mundos. GDRLP0705. Street date late August 08. Great and ultra rare mellow symphonic concept album from Venezuela, with reminiscences of PFM or Genesis, originally released in 1975. Fantastic remastered sound and nice carton covers. Limited to 400 copies only, coming in top quality exact replica covers of the original albums and great remastered sound. €16
Zem: S/T. PAT Records (PAT-004 LP). 2008. Newer Spanish prog outfit, offering here a music with a strong jazz-rock flavour, sustained by a very efficient rhythm section; the originality comes from the choice of vibraphone as main solo instrument, battling with sax and flute or guitars (including synth guitar), performed by the band's leader. €18
Zushi, Naoki : III. Klimt Records (MJJ371LP). 28/11/13. Japanese guitarist Naoki Zushi was a founding member of 80s noise rock legends Hijokaidan, and has played on many albums with psychedelic folk group Nagisa Ni Te, as well as recording under his own name since the late 80s. His third solo album, appropriately titled III, was originally released only on CD in 2005. A beautiful piece of meditative and progressive folk-rock that harkens back to the best albums of the 70's, III is issued here on LP for the first time. €15
Zzebra: S/T. Sireena Records (SIR4017). Street date: 20/08/12. 180 gr. LP reissue of this album from 1974, between jazz-rock and art rock, added a decent shot of Nigerian folk music; with ex members of brassy band If!
Øresund Space Collective: Entering into the Space Country. Kommun 216. 15/06/11. This is the 3rd vinyl and 10th proper release by the Øresund Space Collective, the first to feature guitarist Claus Bøhling (Hurdy Gurdy, Secret Oyster, Elektrum) who joined them in the studio. A huge jam party with 4 to 5 guitarists present plus other instruments too. There are a lot of guitar interactions and great melodic lines and solos by all.
Øresund Space Collective: Live at Roadburn 2010. Space Rock Productions (SRP03). 2LP. This is the 9th release by the space rock band from the Øresund region in Scandinavia, featuring members of Copenhagen and Malmö. Opening the Roadburn Festival on April 15th 2010, they delivered a totally improvised music for a packed audience of fans and enthusiastic lovers of psychedelic rock.
Øresund Space Collective: West, Space And Love. Street date: 03/08/12. LP limited edition (500 copies) of an album recorded on October 10-11th, 2009 at the Space Station Studio CPH, Copenhagen.
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